A new children’s book, “Orv And Willa Find A Home,” tells the story of Carillon Historical Park’s resident bald eagles.
Written by Jim Weller, founder of Eastwood Eagle Watchers, a local group of eagle enthusiasts, the true story condenses the first month of the eagle’s arrival in Dayton into a “one day adventure.”
Weller first spotted the bonded pair along the Great Miami River during the winter in 2018. A self-described “bald eagle nut,” he followed them to Carillon Historical Park and began documenting their activity in photographs and a blog.
“For years folks have been asking me to write a book about Dayton's eagles,” Weller said. “I’ve always loved eagles and telling stories of their adventures here. It’s a privilege to share their story.”
In the narrative, Orv and Willa search the Dayton area for the perfect tree to build their nest.
Along the way a determined Willa keeps scouting while Orv is easily distracted by his hungry stomach. “But their mutual devotion is also readily apparent through their interaction and dialogue,” Weller said.
After briefly considering Island Metro Park and Miami Valley Hospital for a home — both spots were too noisy for the eagles — the pair settle on a tall tree within Carillon Historical Park.
Weller has embedded facts about eagles throughout the story so young readers will gain insight into the challenges and triumphs that the American bald eagle faces as it repopulates urban areas.
The pages are filled with 50 color photographs taken by the author and at the end there is a series of questions for readers to answer about bald eagles.
The book was written for children from third grade through middle school and Weller said he hopes it will encourage young people to “step away from the virtual world and enjoy the outdoors.”
“Orv and Willa Find A Home” can be purchased on Amazon for $25.95. Weller said he hopes it will be in local book stores soon.