Decorah Eagle on three eggs
From All About Birds:
Getting ready to settle down
Bald Eagles build some of the largest of all bird nests—typically 5 to 6 feet in diameter and 2 to 4 feet tall, and ranging in shape from cylindrical to conical to flat, depending on the supporting tree. Both sexes bring materials to the nest, but the female does most of the placement. They weave together sticks and fill in the cracks with softer material such as grass, moss, or cornstalks. The inside of the nest is lined first with lichen or other fine woody material, then with downy feathers and sometimes sprigs of greenery. Ground nests are built of whatever’s available, such as kelp and driftwood near coastal shorelines. Nests can take up to three months to build, and may be reused (and added to) year after year.
Despite the snow, the eggs look snug under their parents. Hopefully, the weather will warm up soon enough to make their job a little easier.
Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 5.37.16 PM from Decorah Eagle Cam
Concerns have been put out there in the aftermath of the Romeike family’s asylum pursuit from Germany. An Indiana US Representative passed along his concerns and his previous statements opposing the Obama administration interference.
The Romeike family from Germany lost the Supreme Court hearing, but gained “indefinite deferred status” bestowed by the Department of Homeland Security (ICE). There are some concerning HSLDA statements about future legislation showing this issue will not go away anytime soon. Homeschoolers in private school states like Illinois and Texas should watch out.
Here’s more news on the Romeike situation. Continue reading
Good news for the Romeike family being able to stay in Tennessee and homeschool their children.
But, being from Illinois, with the city of Chicago leading the way, I think the politics of this matter have evolved into a cynical and disgusting display.
My hope was the Rule of Law would prevail in this issue the German family allowed themselves to be immersed in via HSLDA. That notion has quickly degenerated.
Obama’s Department of Justice got the decision they wanted when their appeal was victorious rescinding the political asylum grant by the Memphis Immigration Court.
Then, with the use of their escalating “executive privilege”, the administration bestows “indefinite deferred status” with the use of the Department of Homeland Security. That would placate the voting homeschool population, while setting the legal position exactly where they wanted it. In this situation, going for political asylum in the US was sketchy at best. So, on the other end, HSLDA is using homeschoolers for their international business pursuits.
The Obama administration doesn’t support homeschoolers, unless it helps them politically.
After Tuesday’s DHS pronouncement, HSLDA is claiming victory for an over-reaching administration’s executive decision.
Clowns to the left of me and jokers to the right.