car horns and virgin forest

Yea! The eagles are back in Manhttan, reintroduced into our only remaining swath of virgin forest.

Yesterday afternoon a group of Urban Park Service workers toted them down a trail to a 20-foot wooden platform, topped by two green boxes: the eagles' new home. As car alarms blared faintly in the distance, the boxes were hoisted up on ropes and placed in the cages. Once safely inside the cages, the eagles were released and had identifying bands attached to their legs.

They looked — well, surprised. Spreading their mottled brown wings and pecking at the biologists around them, the birds glanced anxiously out at a spectacular view of the Harlem River and Manhattan buildings.