Meet Griffin and Isis

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Article Published: May. 9, 2013 | Modified: May. 10, 2013
Meet Griffin and Isis

The new female bald eagle has been named Isis, a suggestion from professional photographer Tony Sweet of Maryland. Isis came to Grandfather Mountain with a male bald eagle that has been named Griffin.

Photo by Taylor Adams



As Grandfather Mountain’s two new bald eagles continue to acclimate to their new enclosure, habitat staff have selected the winners of the 2013 Eagle Naming Contest.

Tony Sweet of Maryland’s submission of “Isis” is the winner for the female eagle’s name, while Emily Chapman of Beech Mountain’s suggestion of “Griffin” provides the namesake of the male.

Sweet, a photographer and occasional guest speaker at the annual Grandfather Mountain Nature Photo Weekend, said the name, Isis, was inspired by the ancient Egyptian goddess. According to ancient Egyptian folklore, Isis was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife. She was depicted in hieroglyphics as the mother of Horus, the god of war and protection, who had the head of a hawk.

Chapman, a 9-year-old resident of Beech Mountain, favored the name, Griffin, after the mythological Greek creature that was featured in one of her favorite movie and book series, “The Chronicles of Narnia.” It possessed the body, tail and back legs of a lion, while it had the head, wings and front talons of an eagle.

“I heard about the male eagle’s prior injury,” Chapman said, adding that several griffins were injured in battle over the course of C.S. Lewis’s epic children’s novel. “It was a combination of that and just liking the name.”

The two winners received four day passes to Grandfather Mountain, as well as a free Behind the Scenes Tour for their group upon their visit.

Griffin and Isis were moved into the new eagle habitat May 1, and their acclimation to the sights and sounds of the area has been a slow process. Currently, only the deer habitat, cougar habitat and underwater viewing area of the otter habitat are open to the public. Park admission is discounted at this time.

On Tuesday, May 14, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation staff members will be on hand to talk about the new eagle habitat at Grandfather Mountain, as well as the two new bald eagles.

There will be photo and video opportunities of the new eagles and habitat, which has been empty since January, when the mountain's golden eagle, Morely, died.

Construction began on the new enclosed habitat in February, and the two bald eagles arrived from Nebraska in late March. Grandfather Mountain visitors were able to get their first looks at Griffin and Isis Thursday, May 9.

For more information about the new bald eagles or Grandfather Mountain, visit http://www.grandfather.com or call (800) 468-7325.

Additional Images

The new female bald eagle has been named Isis, a suggestion from professional photographer Tony Sweet of Maryland. Isis came to Grandfather Mountain with a male bald eagle that has been named Griffin.
Photo by Taylor Adams

Griffin is the name given to Grandfather Mountain’s new male bald eagle. Griffin came to Grandfather Mountain from a raptor center in Nebraska and is missing his right eye and suffers from neurological damage.
Photo by Landis Taylor

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