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Authorities say chemical caused deaths of 5 bald eagles on Virginia's Eastern Shore

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May 03, 2013 - 2:21 pm EDT

BIRDSNEST, Virginia — Authorities say a chemical caused the deaths of five bald eagles on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agency Dan Rolince told The Virginian-Pilot ( ) that the birds showed traces of the chemical in their system. The chemical was not identified.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Sgt. Steve Garvis said authorities believe the eagles' deaths were accidental. A sixth eagle survived.

"We sometimes see one or two poisoned birds, but six? And with five dying? That's unheard of," said Randy Huwa, executive vice president of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a renowned animal-care clinic in Waynesboro.

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From one to 135: New Jersey’s bald eagle success story

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by Ron Popowski and Kathleen Clark


Bald eagle soaring over New Jersey's Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.


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Eagles on the Overpeck: Symbols of our nation, nesting on a toxic waste site, face uncertain future

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By S.P. Sullivan
May 01, 2013 at 6:07 AM

updated May 01, 2013 at 7:34 AM


Bald eagles build nest in Ridgefield Park
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RIDGEFIELD PARK — Al and Alice's story is like something out of the Springsteen canon: Two star-crossed lovers overcome the odds and make good, settling down and starting a family somewhere in the swamps of Jersey.

The pair of American bald eagles have made their home in a tall cluster of cottonwood trees overlooking Overpeck Creek in the Meadowlands. It's a great location, even in often expensive Bergen County — right on the water, easy access to Route 46 and the New Jersey Turnpike.

The only problem is that their tree sits on a state-designated toxic waste site that will soon be cleaned up and turned into a large-scale development. Fierce predators they may be, it turns out bald eagles don't know the first thing about real estate.

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National symbol gaining a foothold in area

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By Eric Poole Calkins Media
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:00 am



FRANKLIN TWP. — Living in a relatively rural area, Jennifer Dziabiak has become accustomed to seeing wildlife around her home — rabbits here, the odd red-tailed hawk there.

But last year, she saw a bird that she could neither identify nor explain eating a rabbit in her yard. 

“I thought, ‘That’s not like any bird I’ve ever seen, and it’s huge,’” she said.

Before long, though, she figured it out. The bird dining in Dziabiak’s yard was a bald eagle. She found an eagle’s nest along the Connoquenessing Creek about a quarter-mile from her home in Franklin Township’s Frisco neighborhood. The nests are another step in the successful effort to repopulate the bald eagle — one of the nation’s most enduring symbols — in the region and throughout Pennsylvania.

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Note on the Mission Eagle Nest Canada Goose Behavior

I have raised a lot of geese over the years, including having one of my wild pairs hatch eggs today (what reminded me to make this note!) and our Mission geese seem to have adopted a great strategy that I have not seen before. 

The first comments by an observer seeing a Canada goose in the nest drew comments that "someone had Photoshopped" the image to show a goose in the eagle nest.  That shortly was disproved.  The goose was back and by April 11 two eggs were clearly seen in the nest. By April 15 4 eggs were buried in the nest cup and covered up each time the goose left.  That afternoon, while the geese were out of the nest, one of the adult eagles with the band on the right leg was seen on the nest but "she" (?) did not disturb the goose down or the hidden eggs.  Around 6:00 PM that night the geese returned and the 5th egg was laid.  The great joy was that the eagle nest that Percy and Debbie worked so hard with our group to install the cams on was at least going to produce something -- a close-up opportunity for a lot of us to watch these magnificent geese, whom they have named "Bonnie and Clyde" since they stole the eagles' nest. 


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