Chandler House Press      
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Publication date: 2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN 978-1-886284-80-7

LC #2013936574  

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Raising Bald Eagles, A Wildlife Memoir


Dianne Benson Davis


Did you know that:

  • In 1782 the Continental Congress chose the Bald Eagle as a national symbol.
  • By 1963, due to loss of habitat, hunting and the widespread use of DDT, bald eagles were on the brink of extinction. Only 487 nesting pairs were found in the lower 48 states, and there had not been a recorded eagle nest in Massachusetts since 1905.
  • In 1972 DDT was banned and in 1973 Congress passed the Endangered Species Act.
  • In 1982 the Massachusetts Bald Eagle Restoration Project was begun using the technique of taking eaglets from wild nests and transferring them to nesting platforms where they were raised by human caretakers in an effort to re-establish breeding pairs in areas that had seen the eagle population decimated.
  • By 2007 the Fish & Wildlife Service had counted 9,789 breeding pairs in the lower 48 states,  and the bald eagle was removed from the Endangered Species act.
  • In 2013 thirty active bald eagle nests were recorded in Massachusetts


      This is the story of one woman who helped in this miraculous recovery. Dianne Davis spent the summer of 1985 alone in the wilderness area of the Quabbin Reservoir raising eight baby eagles. The beauty of the wilderness, the labor (and drama) of heading out each day on this massive lake to catch the twenty pounds or more of  fish to feed the hungry babies, the sounds of the forest, the joys and fears of living alone, and the stunning shock of the breakup of her marriage, are all brought to life through her letters home.

  Read this refreshingly honest and personal account of  a lifetime devoted to the care and conservation of wildlife. In her capacity as a naturalist, conservationist, educator, zookeeper, and veterinary technician, the list of animals that Dianne has cared for and worked to conserve is too long to list.

      Born and raised in Worcester Massachusetts, animals have truly defined Dianne’s life from early childhood, to now a proud grandmother. When you add her summer with the eagles to experiences like her twenty year relationship as a falconer with her red tailed hawk Habiba, tagging sea turtles, and caring for polar bears, as well as educating thousands of students about the true wonders of nature, you get a clearer understanding of what being an “animal person” is all about.


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