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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, February 25 2011 @ 06:58 PM EST  
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Eagles turn to landfills after failed chum run

There is not a lot of food around for bald eagles this year and they are getting desperate
By KIM PEMBERTON, Vancouver Sun February 23, 2011

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A record number of eagles were spotted earlier this month at the Delta dump with nearly 1,400 counted by environmentalist and well-known eagle expert David Hancock, who noted typically in winter the dump would see one-third the number. In mid-December at the Chehalis Harrison River a world record of 7,200 eagles were spotted.
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METRO VANCOUVER -- Starving bald eagles, desperate to find food after a failed southern B.C. chum salmon run, are gathering in record numbers at the Vancouver landfill, says eagle expert David Hancock.

The wildlife biologist earlier this month counted nearly 1,400 eagles — triple the usual number at this time of year —at one time at the landfill, located in Delta. “The chum salmon didn’t come in and with no other major concentration of food they are gathering everywhere and many are starving,” said Hancock.

He said a world record was set in mid-December when 7,200 eagles were spotted on the Chehalis River, which flows into the Harrison River. Hancock said that 10 days after the raptors finished feeding off salmon carcasses, only 345 eagles were spotted on the river. “They had to go somewhere. They’re incredibly mobile — can move 500 to 1,000 miles a day. They’re forced to go where they can find food.”

He said young eagles are essentially scavengers because it takes them two to three years to learn how to hunt. Many rely on dead salmon and swarming masses of herring. “To catch a specific fish or duck, that comes later, and is a developed skill.”

He said February is typically the leanest month of the year for eagles since the chum salmon run is over then. That is followed in March by herring and oolichan in April.

He said the eagles would have come from Alaska after feeding on the earliest salmon runs in late June and July. As the rivers began freezing, the eagles would have flown to B.C.’s southern rivers, like the Cowichan, Fraser and Pitt River, where there would normally be chum. “This year [the chum] just didn’t come and the birds are spread out,”.

Hancock said the eagles are looking for alternative food supplies, and with no natural ones, they’re turning up at landfills. He said he counted a dozen eagles recently at his neighbour’s south Surrey farm after the farmer left out in the field a cow that had died calving.

Wildlife rescue organizations have seen an increase in the number of eagles being brought to their recovery centres.

In Ladner, OWL (Orphan Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) has taken in a dozen eagles this winter compared with the two or three it usually gets, said executive director Bev Day. The non-profit organization, which has been saving birds of prey since 1985, released four eagles recently but has another eight in care. “Most have puncture wounds and beak damage. They’re infighting for the food,” said Day.

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre’s Robin Campbell said the centre is caring for nine eagles. The eagles are congregating at the landfill in his area as well, he said, noting about 1,300 are at the Campbell River dump.

The problem with eagles scavenging for food at the dump is they can end up poisoned, he said.

“Yes, they’re starving. There was a bad chum run and the snow isn’t helping. The rains we had earlier caused flooding and washed the chum out to sea.”

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By: jwnix (offline) on Friday, February 25 2011 @ 07:59 PM EST  

Here are some more links to stories about whooping crane reintroduction ....

Whoop, Whoop, Hooray! Cranes Return to Louisiana | Defenders of ...
By Molly Edmonds
The endangered whooping crane made a huge step towards recovery this week, as biologists reintroduced ten captive-bred birds to the southwest marshes of Louisiana. ... louisiana/ Bringing Back the Whooping Crane, a ...
Find out when you can see Whopping Cranes in the wild. ... wildlife agencies to return the Whooping Crane to the southwest Louisiana coastal marshes. ... ... hp?id=4556 - Assisted Reproductive Technology Helping the ...
This program is being sponsored in part by Dow Chemical and the plan is to restore a non-migratory flock of whooping cranes to Louisiana for the first time ... ... ing-Cranes

Endangered Whooping Cranes Return to Louisiana | SierraActivist
This adolescent chick, L4-10, was hatched and raised at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and is one of 10 whooping cranes being released in ... ... louisiana/

Giant cranes roost again in Louisiana's White Lake | News ...
The reintroduction site at White Lake is in the same general area where the last flock of Louisiana whooping cranes was documented in the 1940s by ... ... wAll=y&c=y

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By: Pat B (offline) on Saturday, February 26 2011 @ 07:04 PM EST  
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Thank you for that reearch jwnix - that all sounds very positive!


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By: Anonymous: Birdsie () on Sunday, February 27 2011 @ 11:13 AM EST  
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A Clever and Safe Way to Discourage Canada Geese from Foraging on a School Playground

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Video: Clever Idea to Discourage Geese

Friday February 25, 2011
Winged Migration - ‘Morning Express’

In this video clip, an elementary school in Missouri finds a creative and safe way to solve its playground's unsanitary goose poop problem.

"In Raytown, it's a good day for students at Robinson Elementary ... Being outside doesn't always happen," explains 'Morning Express' correspondent Natasha Curry. "Children can't come out and play on the playground because it is everywhere," explains a school official. "It" reports Curry, is "goose poop."

The problem has reportedly been going on for years, until last week when the grounds crew came up with a new idea. As footage reveals a wooden figurine, Curry explains, "A life-sized cutout of their natural enemy, the coyote" with a black plastic garbage bag in its mouth.

"From above, it appears that the coyote is holding a goose in its mouth, and that creates a threat to the geese--and looks like another goose has been caught," a groundskeeper explains. The menacing geese have reportedly moved to less threatening pastures.

By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Friday, March 04 2011 @ 10:37 PM EST  
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"Savannah cares for newborn eaglet"

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"One of Savannah's eggs hatched on Friday, March 4, 2011. This photo shows Savannah caring for the second egg, which hasn't hatched."

"by NewsChannel 36 Staff
Posted on March 4, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Updated today at 6:36 PM
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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- One of Savannah's eggs has hatched, 33 days after it was laid at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville.

Savannah and her partner Derek have been caring for two eggs since January.

On Friday, one of the eaglets broke through its shell. The eaglet is so small that it's difficult to see on the live eagle cam, but officials at the Raptor Center confirm that the eaglet is moving about.

The second egg has not hatched yet. Eggs hatch in the order they were laid. Because we don't know exactly when the second egg was laid, we don't know the exact timing or spacing by which this might happen.

Eaglets work hard to hatch, using their egg tooth to break through the shell. The egg tooth is a pointed bump on the top of their beak. After the first crack in the shell is made, it can take 12-48 hours for an eaglet to hatch.

Soft down covers newly hatched eaglets, and their eyes are partially closed. They depend entirely on their parents for food and protection; their wobbly legs are too weak to hold up even the weight of their tiny bodies."

By: Anonymous: Birdsie () on Tuesday, March 08 2011 @ 06:14 PM EST  
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Remarkable story of an injured adult bald eagle and the people who helped save him

Original Story, from "The Dagger": Bald Eagle Falls from Sky and is Rescued!

He Fell From The Sky:
Rescuers Come to Aid of Bald Eagle Injured on Route 40 in Edgewood, Maryland, USA
March 6, 2011

By Michele Fletcher of Aberdeen, Maryland (edited by Birdsie/Ann DT)

It all started on the morning of February 12, 2011. when Michele Fletcher was headed for work when her husband, Randy, called her. He told her that he was standing on Rt. 40 in Edgewood, Maryland staring at a bald eagle in the roadway, and was directing traffic around the eagle that was in the fast lane.

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Michele immediately headed to where Randy and the eagle were. The poor eagle was sprawled out on Rt. 40, head slightly raised and eyes moving, nothing else. Is this eagle really alive and will it survive?

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Randy, a Sr. Equipment Operator for Harford County, had been traveling to a job in a Gradall excavator and happened to see two eagles “fighting each other” in the air. As Randy was traveling past them in the slow lane of Rt. 40, this eagle “fell from the sky” full speed in the fast lane right beside Randy! Shocked, Randy’s maternal instinct took over. He slammed on his brakes of the Gradall, pulled into the fast lane in front of this eagle, and backed up closer to him.

All Randy could think of was that someone was going to run over this bird if he doesn’t do something! Immediately, he put on his safety vest and started directing traffic away from the fast lane and away from the eagle. Randy called 911 and told them that he “was in the middle of Rt. 40, in the fast lane, directing traffic around an injured bald eagle”. Soon, Randy’s co-workers showed up to assist with traffic control. Eventually, police showed up and parked behind the eagle to help in protecting him. We then waited for someone from the Department of Natural Resources to show up. Minutes later, Officer Ward showed up.

Officer Ward put on his protective gloves and carefully covered the eagle’s face to keep him from being spooked. He then placed the eagle in a tub and covered him (along with strapping the cover down to protect the eagle to keep him from taking flight). Officer Ward obviously knew the eagle was injured and if it tried to fly, it may cause more injury to itself.

Michele called several veterinarians in the area to see where Officer Ward had taken the eagle. Finally, she found that he was taken to a local veterinarian who specializes in caring for and saving wild raptors. She kept in constant contact with the veterinarian’s office who kept her updated with his progress.

The eagle had an old fracture of his leg and that it had started healing over. Later, It was also determined that he had a punctured trachea. The veterinarian was treating the eagle with antibiotics as it was also noted he had some open wounds, possibly from fighting with the other eagle. The eagle had been offered mice, which he refused and finally, received special ordered fish from the Phoenix Wildlife Center compliments of Conrad’s on Joppa Road! Eventually, the eagle was “definitely” able to be rehabilitated! Where is the veterinarian going to send this eagle?

Recovering eagle
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Finally, it was released that the eagle would be taken to the Phoenix Wildlife Center to recuperate! Kathy Woods took the time to answer questions and educated Randy and Michele more on eagles in rehabilitation. Kathy told them that the eagle was doing wonderfully and he was eating a “a bunch of fish”, eating shad that were up to 1 1/2 feet long! He had to go on a diet or this eagle is not going to be able to fly like an eagle should! Kathy told them that the eagle would be at Phoenix for about a week or so. She would then release him at the Anita Leight Sanctuary, very close to where the eagle fell.

Randy and Michele Fletcher
Aberdeen, Maryland

Photos by Randy and Michele Fletcher (2 of eagle on road) and Melissa Goodman (recovering eagle)

By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Sunday, April 17 2011 @ 06:10 PM EDT  
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WCNC Article: ... 69479.html

"Bald eaglet injured after fall from nest during storm
Credit: Amy Lehtonen /

An injured bald eaglet sits in an open field near its nest Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

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by Amy Lehtonen / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on April 13, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 13 at 11:48 AM
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BELMONT, N.C. -- The Carolina Raptor Center is caring for a bald eaglet that was injured when it fell from its nest in a Belmont neighborhood last Monday during a severe thunderstorm.

Strong winds during the storm on April 3 ripped apart an eagle's nest perched atop a tree, sending the bird several hundred feet to the ground.

Neighbor Minnette Curl has been watching the eagle's nest in her back yard since two eggs hatched in January. She was devastated when she went outside last week and found one of the eaglets on the ground.

"I saw a large shadow at the base of the tree and realized what it was," Curl said.

The eaglet's parents and its sibling were still in the tree above.

"If a bird can limp, it was limping," Curl said.

She called the Carolina Raptor Center for help.

Medical staff examined the eaglet and determined it had a broken pelvis, according to Michelle Miller Houck with the Carolina Raptor Center.

The eaglet was placed in a small aviary at the Carolina Raptor Center for about a week while it healed. Staff fed the eaglet and it healed quickly.

"When they're that young they heal really, really fast," Houck said. "It was eating and getting around well enough that we thought it was ready to go back to the nest."

CRC staff brought the bird back to the area of the nest on Tuesday afternoon.

"We thought it was way more important to try and connect it back with the parents," Houck said.

CRC staff will usually place a bird back in the nest, but this time they couldn't because the nest is too high up in the tree.

For the first time ever, they had to place the bird on the ground.

CRC staff, along with Curl and other neighbors, anxiously watched as the bird sat in an open field across from the nest. It was then moved a little closer to the nest.

As the eaglet sat on the ground near the base of the tree, its parents and sibling watched from above.

One of the eagles left the nest and circled above the eaglet. The eaglet can't fly well yet and just sat on the ground.

Staff later brought the eaglet back to the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville where it will be introduced to a flight cage.

"It's a giant cage with one perch on one end and another perch on the other," Houck explained. "Staff will encourage the bird to fly from one end to the other to try and build up the flight muscles."

Staff will try again this weekend to bring the eaglet back to its nest in Belmont in the hope it will fly back to its nest."

By: soph9 (offline) on Wednesday, April 20 2011 @ 12:27 PM EDT  

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