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Vibrant bald eagle population finds a home on the James

Wildlife News


Published: March 16, 2009

CHARLES CITY On a cold morning before dawn, Libby Mojica worked by headlamp to wire up explosives in a farm field. If all went well, the explosives would launch three rockets to carry a 60-foot net over a bald eagle.

Biologists Mojica, 31, and Bryan Watts, 48, are trapping and studying eagles along the James River, which runs beside the field at Weyanoke Point in Charles City County.

The research should help experts help the majestic birds, perhaps by pointing out territories in need of protection. READ REST OF STORY HERE


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Vibrant bald eagle population finds a home on the James


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Norfolk's eagle babies get their braclets

Wildlife News
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Scientists have attached a satellite tracker to a baby bald eagle nesting at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

The female bird now has a 2.5-ounce backpack transmitter that will allow College of William & Mary scientists to follow her for three years and learn about eagle roosting and migration as well as eagle ecology around the Chesapeake Bay.

The college's Center for Conservation Biology already is following 65 transmitter-outfitted eagles in the upper bay area; the eagle outfitted Wednesday is the first in the southeast Virginia area.

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The babies in Norfolk's famous bald eagle family got their braclets this morning - identifying them for a lifetime.


Biologists took the three rapidly-growing eaglets from their nest at Norfolk Botanical Garden and put the silver-colored bands on each of the three youngsters After a quick photo, the three quickly were put back into their nest and attended to by mom and dad.





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Mockingbird vs. eagle in Williamsburg

Wildlife News

 The Virginian-Pilot
© May 31, 2009


While covering the recent LPGA golf tournament in Williamsburg, Virginian-Pilot photographer L. Todd Spencer encountered a mockingbird sparring with an immature bald eagle at the 18th hole. In this video, Todd describes the display of undeterred persistence and nonchalant resistance.


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Center gives 'ratty' bird a second chance to soar

Conservation & Preservation

Eagle rescued at King George Landfill is rehabilitated, released

Date published: 4/30/2009


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Next to a grove of pines in Caledon Natural Area, six bald eagles scattered as Ed Clark's Toyota pickup pulled up yesterday afternoon.

The resident eagles at the King George County nature preserve along the Potomac River were about to have company.

Clark, president of the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, opened the back window of his truck--license plate 4D BIRDS--to reach a large cage containing a year-old bald eagle.



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Biologists hope bald eagles are here for good

Bald Eagle Biology

The Associated Press - Published: June 12, 2009


ROCKINGHAM — State biologists are watching three bald eagle nests in southeastern Vermont, hoping the birds will successfully raise young this summer.

Last year was the first time in decades that a bald eagle was known to have hatched and survived in Vermont. Now, the biologists want to make sure the birds are here to stay.

Biologists from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife are watching nests along the Connecticut River where adult eagles are acting as though they are caring for young.

It will probably be another month before the young eagles are visible.

Biologist Forrest Hammond tells the Brattleboro Reformer the recent cold and wet weather is not good for the birds’ chances of survival.

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