Happy St. Patrick’s Day From the Raptor Resource Project!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to our friends near and far! May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all your heart might desire! In celebration of the day, we wanted to share an eagle conservation story from Ireland. In 2020, Glengarriff Nature Reserve announced the arrival of a white-tailed sea eagle chick, the second born in Co Cork in this decade. The first, hatched in 2016, was the first to fledge in County Cork in over a century: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/second-white-tailed-sea-eagle-chick-for-nature-reserve-1.4230841

Ireland has a long, rich history of bird lore and folktales. Listen to Irish seanchaithe Eddie Lenihan’s stories and memories of some of them here, and see if you can identify individual birds in our tree of life. Some birds are legendary and others are mentioned as birds of fond memory. Sláinte!