In this very special episode, we’re celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the opening of Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Eagle Aviary this June, which allowed visitors in for the first time Family Reunion Festival weekend in 2012.
Youth programs during summer 2021 provided an opportunity for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation to purchase and place trail cameras across its jurisdiction. The images help connect students to Mother Nature and open dialogue around conservation and land stewardship. The Nation now extends access to trail camera images through potawatomiheritage.com.
During this time, many of the CPN Eagle Aviary residents are building nests, and the pairs there have become more territorial and vocal while defending their space. Everyone’s appetite has increased. Many times, they forecast the weather better than the local meteorologists.
Looking for patterns in frequent visits to areas during the fall and winter, we hope to narrow down locations that she might have chosen to nest. Although, there is one pattern and place unrelated to the focus of nesting that stands out. Wadasé has never failed to come home in the beginning of fall or during the winter months.
Wadasé’s last visit to the aviary was the first week of September. True to her pattern over the last few years, she visits late fall or early winter, briefly, as if to just check in.
Submitted by Jennifer Randell and Bree Dunham Wadasé Zhabwé, originally named Penojés, was one of the first eight eagles to call the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary home in 2012. Who could have imagined the future the Creator had in store for this young eagle and the records she soon would set? “April 16, Read More »
Submitted by Jennifer Randell and Bree Dunham The plan for this article was to compare and highlight the differences in the telemetry data and progress of the two eagles we have released. The eagles have, however, changed our storyline once again. First and foremost, Wadasé Zhabwé and Mko Kno are both doing well. Since Mko Read More »
Submitted by Jennifer Randell and Bree Dunham, Eagle Aviary At the time of our last update, Mko Kno was still north of Lincoln, Nebraska, a few miles south of the Platte River. The weather in that area had been rather mild for winter, but the holiday season brought significant storms. We had several days of Read More »
Editor’s note: A version of this story was published in the summer 2017 edition of TeachLink as part of a three-part series on the Wzhitawen project. It was submitted to the Hownikan by Deena V. Thomas, Outreach Coordinator, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Protected and preserved is Citizen Potawatomi Nation. The Potawatomi have had Read More »
Submitted by Jennifer Randell and Bree Dunham As most of you may know, Sept. 20, we successfully released Mko Kno, the first eaglet that was hatched at Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Eagle Aviary this spring. He was fitted with a satellite GPS telemetry backpack much like Wadasé Zhabwé wears. We opted for an improved version that Read More »