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2007 Annual Survey of Bald Eagles Begins Following Record Year
January 10, 2007
The survey follows a record year for
Since the early 1990s, a statewide aerial survey of bald eagle nests has also been conducted. However, following record nest numbers and the likelihood that the bald eagle will soon be removed entirely from the Endangered Species List, ADCNR biologists determined that every nest in the state need not be monitored. Instead during 2007, a selected sample of nests will be surveyed.
“The increase in the number of bald eagle nests is remarkable and demonstrates that our efforts to bring back bald eagles in
The Alabama Bald Eagle Restoration Project is Making a Difference
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says that at one time there were more than 1 million bald eagles in the
In 1984, the ADCNR Non-game Wildlife Program initiated a project to restore nesting bald eagles to the state. Over a seven-year period (1985-1991), 91 juvenile bald eagles were released from six different locations throughout the state in an attempt to imprint
ADCNR Wildlife experts begin their annual monitoring of bald eagles at about the same time each January, weather permitting. ADCNR Wildlife Biologist Keith Hudson and pilot Ray Stroud board a state plane and fly along the riverbanks of the Tennessee River in north
ADCNR, along with biologists from various partnering federal natural resource agencies, also survey other large bodies of water in the state for wintering eagles. This annual midwinter survey has been conducted along the same standardized survey routes since 1979 and is coordinated by the ADCNR Non-game Wildlife Program.
Where to Watch Bald Eagles
Wintering bald eagles migrate from northern states and
· The new North Alabama Birding Trail, offering 50 sites traversing the
· A stretch along Alabama Highway 227 north of
· The area around
Other good locations to view eagles in the
How to Watch Bald Eagles
· Arrive early (7 a.m. - 9 a.m.) or stay late (4 p.m. - 5 p.m.), when eagles fly to and from roosts and are most active.
· Scan the tree line along riverbanks for eagles that are sitting in the treetops.
· Use binoculars or a spotting scope to observe the eagles closely.
· Photographers should use telephoto lenses.
· Never approach an eagle or eagle nest.
· Do not make loud or sudden noises.
· Do not enter private property without the owner’s permission.
· Follow all laws, rules and regulations governing the use of roads and public areas.
January 13 and 14; January 20 and 21; January 27 and 28, 2007
These wonderful weekends offer the public opportunities to view bald eagles and learn more about the majestic bird. ADCNR experts offer tours to see the birds several times throughout the weekends. For more specific information on dates and times, call 256-571-5444 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interesting Bald Eagle Facts
· The bald eagle is considered a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is close to being delisted. That’s a dramatic improvement from its endangered species status.
· About half of the world’s 70,000 bald eagles live in
· Bald eagles have a wing span of seven to eight feet and can live up to 30 years.
· The trademark white head and white tail do not develop until about five years of age.
· Bald eagles can see prey from as far away as a mile and a half.
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