Support for eagles pours in

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by Joe Flanagan

WVEC.com

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

NORFOLK -- Donna Krabill, the education and communication director at Norfolk Botanical Garden showed 13News some of the mail that has been pouring in from as far away as Nova Scotia.

Much of it from school children who logged on to eaglecam each day.  There are flowers and photos and even rosary beads from people who felt a great loss when the mother eagle died and the eaglets went away.

"You know it's been absolutely amazing, and we have been so touched by the global community and their outreach and the connection they feel towards these eagles," said Donna Krabill.

A slide show has been set up in the lobby of the visitors' center.

"We've had a quilt donation. We had a black granite eagle sculpture. We've had financial donations. Somebody even sent pizza to the staff because they knew we had been working so hard," added Krabill. 

At the base of the tree where the eagle nest still stands, visitors have left more flowers and even a verse on the back of a snapshot of the mother eagle.

"They've sent us flowers.  They've sent the eagles flowers. They've built a memorial around the tree by tying a yellow ribbon and leaving pictures and flowers," said Krabill.

On Facebook, support for a Chase Community Giving Campaign has meant monetary gains!

"Thanks to them, we are one of the top 100 - winning $25,000 that put us in the running for the big idea.  And so now we're up for $500,000," concluded Krabill.

 

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