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By: Pat B (offline) on Monday, September 06 2010 @ 05:13 PM EDT (Read 20786 times)  
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This thread is to provide an easy place to keep together any reports on Eagle deaths that you see in the news!
This will be gathered together and copied over to a Referenced section in the Website!
In this way we can keep a summary of the ways eagles die and this site is to gather these facts for future reference.

Try to include a picture copied from the article - always add the credit and a link back to the article!

If the death occurred through criminal activity - then please return here and let us know how the court proceedings went!

If a number of eagle deaths are as a result of the growing number of Wind farms or other man made structures - then I will open up a seperate thread and transfer those posts there!

These reports will provide an important referenced resource in the future!


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By: Pat B (offline) on Monday, September 06 2010 @ 05:29 PM EDT  
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Four Bald Eagles Killed

Authorities say they're looking for whomever may have shot and killed four bald eagles in Davis County, Iowa. While no longer on the Endangered Species List, it's estimated there are only 5,000 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 States.
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Authorities say they're looking for whomever may have shot and killed four bald eagles in Davis County, Iowa. While no longer on the Endangered Species List, it's estimated there are only 5,000 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 States.

In March, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources requested help in catching those responsible for the shooting of a bald eagle while it fed on a deer in Davis County.

Now officials say three other bald eagles, a red-tailed hawk and more than 12 deer were found shot and killed near the towns of Moulton and Mark.

State conservation officer Bob Stuchel says the second eagle was killed while feeding on deer. Two more eagles were shot while in cottonwood trees.

Conservation officers say they have no motive in the shootings and no arrests have been made.

It is estimated there are 70,000 Bald Eagles in North America. Most are located in Alaska and Canada.

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By: Pat B (offline) on Monday, September 06 2010 @ 05:35 PM EDT  
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Bald Eagle Killed by Wind Turbine in Norfolk County, Ontario

The Ministry of Natural Resources may say the jury is still out but one healthy eagle out of a total of nine nesting pairs in Norfolk County may be unsustainable if it occurs every year and with more wind farms proposed along the north shore of Lake Erie the number of deaths can only increase. Why are we experimenting with an endangered species? ~ Dan Wrightman

The jury is still out on whether wind turbines are a threat to the bald eagle, which continues to make a steady comeback in Ontario, says a ministry of natural resources biologist.

“It’s still a relatively new thing,” Ron Gould of the MNR’s Aylmer office said of the turbines that dot the north shore of Lake Erie, the bird’s main habitat in southern Ontario. “It may take several years to conclude conclusively.”

Thirty years ago, the Ontario bald eagle population was down to two pairs — and they weren’t reproducing — due to widespread pollution that had poisoned the food chain. Especially damaging was the pesticide DDT.

Since then, conservation efforts have helped the bird’s numbers rebound. Today, there are 48 nests in southern Ontario.

In the past few years, green energy efforts have seen dozens of turbines with large rotating propellers go up near the Elgin- Norfolk border where the eagles live and hunt for fish.

So far, monitoring suggests the birds are smart enough to avoid the propeller blades, said Gould.

Only one known eagle fatality has been recorded, he said, a bird found about 40 metres from a windmill in Norfolk County almost exactly one year ago.

The eagle’s body was sent to Bird Studies Canada and then to the MNR. An examination of the carcass showed it had injuries consistent with a sudden impact while toxicology tests indicated it was otherwise healthy, said Gould.

He suggested this particular bird “was maybe a little too careless.”

“My prediction is, if this (turbines) was going to be a significant impact, we’d see more activity at this point,” Gould said. [How many dead bald eagles constitute a problem?]

Jody Allair, a biologist with Bird Studies Canada in Port Rowan who runs an eagle-monitoring program, said it’s hard to tell what kind of effect the turbines are having on the bird’s livelihood.

“Some pairs are successful, some are not,” said Allair. “It’s hard to know why some die and some disappear.”

As part of their studies, Allair and his colleagues climb 30 metres or more to get to eagle nests. There, they place chicks in bags and gently lower them to the ground.

The birds are banded and blood samples are taken from them. Feathers can also be studied to measure the build-up of dangerous metals such as mercury that continue to threaten the birds’ habitat.

Some of the eagles are fitted with transmitters, which look like tiny backpacks on the backs of the birds. This allows their movements to be followed by satellite. The public can also follow the birds on the BSC website.

Norfolk County now has nine nesting pairs, Allair said, and the bird “is increasing in numbers right across Lake Erie.”

Last year was “the best year ever,” for eagle reproduction, he added. Thirty-eight of the 48 nests successfully produced chicks, averaging 1.7 offspring per nest, he said.

The rebound of the bald eagle is important, Allair said, because it indicates “a recovery in the quality of our water.”

Eagles, he noted, are at the top of the food chain. “If something is happening to them, something is going on with rest of the food chain.”

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By: Pat B (offline) on Thursday, October 07 2010 @ 07:45 PM EDT  
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Golden eagle killed by Washington wind turbines ... ethru.html

A golden eagle was killed by a wind turbine blade at a southwest Washington wind farm, a state biologist says.

The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., reported that it is the first known eagle fatality caused by a Washington wind project.

The 10-pound bird had a broken wing and two broken legs after the April 27 accident at Goodnoe Hills Wind Project southeast of Goldendale, said Travis Nelson, the state's lead biologist on wind power issues.

"This is certainly not the outcome that anyone who was involved in planning and permitting this operation would have wanted, especially the project owner," Nelson said. "We have convened a small review group internally to discuss how we can avoid this in the future."

Golden eagles are not listed as threatened or endangered, but federal law prohibits intentionally harming raptors.

Federal and state wildlife officials created new guidelines in April to reduce the effects on birds and wildlife from wind energy development. Environmental groups and utilities also worked on those guidelines.

They call for extensive surveys of proposed wind farms before they are permitted and a recommended 2-mile wide buffer around the nests of raptor species, including golden and bald eagles.

The dead golden eagle, a mature bird with a 6-foot wingspan, was found by a crew of URS Corp., a contractor for PacifiCorp., the Portland, Ore.-based utility that owns the Goodnoe Hills wind farm.

Wind project operators are required to document and report bird kills to state authorities. Nelson said the eagle's death was reported promptly in this case.

"We have a robust avian protection program and we proactively take steps to assure compliance with all regulations," PacifiCorp spokeswoman Jan Mitchell said.

Raptors are common in the eastern Columbia River Gorge, where shrub steppe and grasslands offer prime habitat for prey such as ground squirrels and pocket gophers.

The big birds typically soar at about the same height as the turbine blades - roughly 300 to 400 feet.

Although this is the first golden eagle death reported in Washington, raptors have been killed at wind projects elsewhere. At the world's largest wind project, Altamont Pass Wind Power Resource Area in California, between 570 and 835 raptors are killed each year by wind turbines, the newspaper said.

A study by Shawn Smallwood, an independent wildlife ecologist who has also studied bird deaths at Altamont, concluded that raptor deaths have been far higher than predicted at Klickitat's first wind project, the 200-megawatt Big Horn Wind Energy Project.

Smallwood estimates 49 raptors died in Big Horn's first year of operation, compared to a company consultant's projected annual toll of 31.

There are three wind projects operating in Klickitat County, five others under construction and three more proposed.


Information from: The Columbian,

The information in this story, originally published May 19, 2009, was corrected May 21, 2009. The Associated Press reported erroneous estimates of the number of raptor deaths at the Big Horn Wind Energy Project. A company consultant estimates the project kills 31 raptors annually, not 33. An independent consultant, Shawn Smallwood, puts the annual death toll at 49, not 243. The AP also misstated new guidelines to reduce avian fatalities. The guidelines recommend surveying for raptor nests in a 2-mile buffer area before projects are built.


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By: Pat B (offline) on Monday, October 18 2010 @ 11:48 AM EDT  
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Deaths of three golden eagles investigated by police
The deaths of three golden eagles in the Highlands of Scotland are being investigated by detectives.

Published: 10:29AM BST 12 May 2010

The eagles and a number of other birds of prey were found dead in the same area of East Sutherland during the past week.

They have been sent to Edinburgh for forensic analysis to establish whether the deaths were suspicious. It is not yet known whether the birds were poisoned.

Northern Constabulary officers are working on the investigation with the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

Police appealed for anyone with information about the deaths to contact them.

An SNH spokesman said: ''We are aware of a current investigation by Northern Constabulary which potentially involves wildlife crime.''

There have been many cases of eagles being poisoned around Scotland in recent years.

Last June one was found dead in the Glen Orchy area of Argyll, having died from poisoning caused by toxic insecticide, while last July a poisoned eagle was found dead in Glen Esk in Angus.

Golden eagles live mainly on the open moorlands and mountains of the Highlands in Scotland, though a few are found in Cumbria.

An estimated 442 breeding pairs are in the UK.

They are threatened by habitat change and illegal killing, and the RSPB lists them as birds of conservation concern.

An RSPB Scotland spokesman said: "Subject to confirmation by the authorities, this is an extremely serious incident. Our staff are working closely with the Northern Constabulary, the National Wildlife Crime Unit and Scottish Natural Heritage to assist with the police investigation."

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By: Marg (offline) on Thursday, November 11 2010 @ 11:32 PM EST  

Bald eagle killed in N.B. was oldest found in wild


The dead bird found on a New Brunswick highway earlier this year turned out to be no ordinary roadkill specimen.

Biologists have traced the metal ring on the raptor's leg to a bird-banding program in Maine in 1977, making the avian accident victim the oldest bald eagle ever documented in the wild.

Despite its death in April after being struck by a car east of St. Stephen, N.B., the creature's unprecedented longevity is seen as a hopeful sign of the resurgence of the iconic species -- a potent symbols of U.S. patriotism -- after its threatened extinction in the 1960s.

Bruce Peterjohn, chief of the Bird Banding Laboratory at the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, said the eagle's record-setting age -- pegged at 32 years, 10 months -- suggests habitat rehabilitation efforts and other bi-national conservation measures are giving members of the majestic species a much better chance of living a long, well-fed life than they had 40 years ago.

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David will be interviewed for about 5 minutes by Radio Canada International concerning the 33 year old wild eagle found dead in New Brunswick earlier this year.

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The interviewer watches our cams and thought of him right away when she heard of this eagle!! Clapping
"Having watched Eagle chicks learn to fly on your live cams, I immediately thought of you as a possible interview guest on this topic."

The interview will be live at the following link: David's Interview Tuesday, November 16 9:30am Pacific Time

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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, November 16 2010 @ 02:32 PM EST  
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Re: David's Interview Tuesday, November 16 9:30am Pacific Time

scroll down to Episode 16th November

Click on the second "Listen"
The Interview starts at 27:50 and lasts 10 minutes Grin

The MP3 url for this interview is:
BALD EAGLES _1933108.MP3

They were so pleased with the interview they e-mailed back

Hello David,
Just a quick note to thank you so much for joining us on The Link today, and to let you know that your chat with Marc Montgomery is to be posted as a separate, stand-alone Top Story item on our website:

You can hear the entire programme here:

Thanks for taking time away from the Eagles to talk to us today, David. It was so interesting we're planning to re-run the item during our December holiday break!

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By: Anonymous: Delphenium101 () on Saturday, February 19 2011 @ 12:13 PM EST  
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Very recently I read an article entitled "Canada debates eagle hunting"Rant: written by Imtiaz Tyab of Mission, B.C. Since I wanted to inquire what others thought about this I had posted it in my favorites and when I went to retrieve it this morning I see that it has been deleted. However the video is still up on YouTube for anyone wanting to know the jist of the matter.

YouTube "Canada debates eagle hunting" by Imtiaz Tyab.Sitting eagle

Does anyone know if this is being presented as a bill... or just how this discussion is going to be debated. I am very interested and would appreciate anyone that could provide me with some answers.Help emo

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Indigenous groups say ban on hunting the bald eagle is an infringement on their traditions.

(Just a note in passing and food for was at one time considered a tradition to throw Christians to the the best of my knowledge we have outlawed that practice. My concern is that this issue will be discussed behind closed doors with the B.C. government and I feel we have every right to discuss and be part of this debate.)

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