Tragic news from Gabriola Island

20 July 2022

We fell in love with the Bald Eagle family on Gabriola Island off the coast of British Columba who adopted the Red-tail Hawk into their family instead of having it for dinner. Sadly, news has come today that the juvenile eaglet on the nest, Junior, was electrocuted. This is tragic news.

We have lost many of our feathered friends from these power poles. When will be able to say that we did well for our birds by making every power pole safe? Their lives are challenging enough. Ask your electric company what they are doing to protect our raptors!

My condolences go out to our Eagle family, to Malala who will miss her bestie, and to everyone at GROWLS.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Oh no! Mary Ann this is so horrible! I can’t believe this has happened. I’m in the car and didn’t know
    About this. I’m in tears 😭
    Prayers for Malana and the parent eagles and I wonder if they know 🙏❤️🙏❤️
    I pray Junior didn’t suffer 🙏❤️

    1. I could not believe sick of these needless deaths. As I said to Betty, I hope they can serve as an example and get the power company to fix every pole on that island!

      1. Linda Kontol says:

        I hope so too. Mary Ann I still worry about Ervie and don’t know if they ever fixed the ones where Solly got killed either. 🙏❤️

  2. Heart breaking…. in tears. Thanks for letting us know, Mary Ann. 😢

    1. I am gutted. In 2022 this is really unacceptable. I hope that the island, which is quite small, serves as an example of how to fix this issue of electrocution.

      1. Linda Kontol says:

        I read that they had the area where the nest was checked out but the other areas around the nest where he flew to were not checked known of. I’m so glad Dr Sasse and Dr Hancock had their area checked.
        I wonder if Malala was flying with him
        when it happened. Or even if she understands what has happened. God Bless Mom and Dad eagles
        And little Malala ❤️❤️❤️

      2. Yes, Malala has not been seen. I do hope that she is well and hunting, etc but it is unusual that she did not return to the nest. Mum has brought fish for them. So sad about Junior. I hope that they get all of the power lines fixed…no one wants to do it, it costs money and then we still don’t know about Port Lincoln and South Australia.

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