Summer Camps!

Get ready to explore the outdoors this summer at one of our fun and exciting summer camps!  Lots of options for many ages!
Day Camp butterflies

10 10-week session from Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Weekly themes - spend the days outside from the forest to the sea

Begins June 12th

Summer Overnight Camps

Junior Naturalist (9-12 years olds) - 2 days at the Wynn Nature Center/2 nights and 2 days at the Peterson Bay Field Station

Marine Mammal Camp (9-12 year olds) - 4 nights/5 days at the Peterson Bay Field Station exploring marine mammals and marine life & putting together a skeleton!

Teen EcoAdventure Camp (12-15 year olds) - 10 days of amazing adventure in Kachemak Bay - explore our changing environment, camp, kayak, hike, make a difference in the world!

Family Camps (all ages) - a weekend getaway to the Peterson Bay Field Station including sleeping in a yurt, tidepooling, hikes, crafts and campfires!

Learn more...

  • Home
  • Blog
  • Triplet Eaglets, Twin Colts, and Septuplet Ducklets

Triplet Eaglets, Twin Colts, and Septuplet Ducklets

In case you haven't heard, spring is the season for babies.

Here at Peterson Bay Field Station, a pair of bald eagles is accomplishing an incredible feat: they are raising triplets!

The broken crown of a seaside spruce makes an ideal platform.

Even better, you won't want to miss this video of both parents and all three eaglets sharing a meal at the nest!

I'm taking photos every day to mark their progress. To the eagle experts out there: any idea how old these chicks might be?

On the Lost and Found Lake Loop Trail, which winds through a mile-and-a-half of Lutz spruce forest, I found the sign of an American robin's reproduction: the cracked shells of two sky-blue eggs.

Shell fragments.


A proud mom or a heartbroken orphaner?

I don't know if the eggs hatched or were pilfered by raven or raccoon.

On my day off here in Homer, I circumnavigated Beluga Slough through questionable tides, estuarine mud, and private property.

Kenai Mountains in the background.


Kachemak Bay on the horizon.
I ducked behind the tree line to read a chapter of Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac on somebody's hand-hewn log bench. Seven northern shovelers flew in as soon as I was out of sight.
Pendulous bills make for good shoveling.
I've never seen such an enormous hoof print. Moose were probably watching me follow their trail.

Further along, I discovered septuplet ducklets. Their species eluded me at first. Mallards have orange bills; green-winged teal have dark faces; gadwalls aren't common here.

What nice eyeliner you have. I always go for down-turned wings, too.


Is that a peek of blue speculum I spy?

But with enough patience and photographs, I got a look at her blue speculum, and I believe she is simply a dark-billed mallard mama.

Ahh, blue indeed!

On my walk home, I got a much closer view of a mother mallard with only two ducklings. She had a dark bill and a brilliant blue speculum, confirming my identification.

And her duckling took an adorable bath while practicing her dabbling! I wonder how even their down is waterproof?
A baby duck is a duckling (or ducklet, with poetic license). A baby eagle's an eaglet. What do you call a baby crane? Take a gander. (No, a gander is a male goose!)

I'll give you this one. A baby crane is called a colt!

Here is the video of crane parents and colts.

Watching them gambol through the grass makes clear the resemblance between filly and fowl. I couldn't get too close to the pair of colts this morning, but you can see their yellow fluff nudging mom or dad for food.

Contact Us

Please enter the following gkwspnio

Daisy and Billie New sign

© 2006 - 2017 Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, 708 Smokey Bay Way, PO BOX 2225, Homer, AK 99603, (907) 235-6667