It’s been two days since the disappearance of Harriet, an iconic bald eagle who has been around the Pritchett/McSpadden family for 16 years. People are wondering what happened to Harriet, and what’s next for her partner, M-15, and their babies E21 and E22. The disappearance of Harriet is an unprecedented event, and viewers are asking what they can do to help.
The Pritchetts started the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam project in 2012, when Harriet and her then-mate Ozzie landed on their property. The eagle nest is located 60 feet above the ground, in a slash pine tree, and the live stream of the eagles has gained over 140,000 subscribers on YouTube. Harriet has been a loyal matriarch eagle, laying, nesting, and raising eagles for the past 11 seasons.
What is unusual about Harriet’s disappearance is that it’s rare for her to be gone for longer than 12 hours. The Pritchetts have driven around their property, attempting to locate her, but their efforts have been unsuccessful. The best thing viewers can do is keep an eye out and call CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) if they spot an injured eagle on the ground.
For much of Saturday, eaglets E21 and E22 were the only two birds in the nest, awaiting their mother’s return. M-15 has been very diligent and amazing the last 48 hours, protecting the eaglets and providing as much food as possible by himself.
Harriet has inspired Ginnie Pritchett McSpadden to write two children’s books in 2017 and 2019, as she saw in Harriet a lot of the same habits and parental styles humans have in trying to keep her eaglets alive and putting them first.
Harriet is deeply missed by the Pritchett family, and by viewers who have been watching her for the past 11 seasons. Everyone is hoping for her safe return, but if she doesn’t, the family will not lose hope for M-15 and the eaglets.
The disappearance of Harriet has been an unprecedented event, and viewers across the country have been worried and praying for her safe return. We hope that Harriet will return soon, so that the Pritchett family, and viewers from around the world, can continue to watch the daily activities of the two adult eagles as they repair their nest and feed their young.