Aquila chrysaetos

Grandmother came to Ogden Nature Center in December 1998. She was an older bird when she arrived so we named her “Grandmother.” She was rescued by a rehabilitator in Hurricane, Utah, after being hit by a car. The injuries to her wing, though repaired, have left her flightless. She is the most feisty bird at the ONC and often chases her caretakers  around her enclosure as they attempt to clean. 

  • Average Weight: 7-14 pounds   
  • Wingspan: 6-8 feet 
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 30 years 
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 40 years 

Fascinating Facts: 

The greatest threat to the golden eagle is human activity. It is estimated that more than 70% of recorded golden eagle deaths are attributable to human impact. Most recorded deaths are from collisions with vehicles, wind turbines, and other structures or from electrocution at power poles. 



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