Charlie, a southern male Bald Eagle, was one of the first eight eagles to call the CPN Aviary their permanent home. However, Aviary Directors, Jennifer Randell and Bree Dunham, had the opportunity to meet him long before the aviary was open. In the fall of 2008 they began a portion of their hands on training at Sia: The Comanche Nation Ornithological Initiative, and became acquainted with him there. He was treated for a wing injury at the Florida Audubon Society Rehabilitation Center. He was listed as an adult of 5 years of age before being transferred to Sia in 2005. As construction of the CPN Aviary was nearing completion the decision was made to transfer several of the Eagles from Sia that Jennifer and Bree had become close to over the course of their training there. Charlie was one of those Eagles.
He is one of our smallest male eagles by weight. He has a very distinct streak of brown hackle feathers on both sides of his head. He also has one coverlet feather on each wing that turns upwards because those feathers grow in upside down. He usually waits on the other birds to eat and often makes his rounds to clean up anything left behind. Because he tends to be high-strung, Charlie is always on the lookout and ready to sound the alarm. We gave him the Potawatomi name Zagéndem-nené, nervous man. When Kyla, our largest female Bald Eagle, arrived he didn’t let his small stature and nervous tendencies stop him from showing interest in her. She was a sub-adult when she arrived and initially she was not fond of his attention but he was persistent and she has matured. He has someone to watch over now. They always roost together and are rarely apart during the day. He will even stand guard next to the stream while she bathes. Charlie has found his place and purpose. Kyla has a strong and vocal personality, but he finds his peace with her.
Shortly after Kyla and Charlie were introduced, they began attempting to build a nest, which is fairly unusual for birds in captivity. To assist their efforts, the aviary staff provided additional material in their enclosure. In 2015, Kyla had her first eggs but broke them due to inexperience. She laid again in 2016, but the eggs weren't fertile. On March 21, 2017, Kyla and Charlie's egg hatched, and together, they successfully raised an eaglet named Mko Kno. On Sept. 20, 2017, Mko Kno was released, marking the first time that an eagle was hatched and released by a tribal facility.