Meet Griffin and Isis
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
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.