Bald Eagle Sighting

I saw a bald eagle yesterday as I was driving along the Mississippi near downtown St. Paul. Something about those birds makes me want to stop what I am doing and just watch them soar. Hard to do when you're driving.

Eagle: Image courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Anyway, that got me thinking that I've seen more bald eagles in the past 12 months from or near the Science Museum than I have ever before. I wonder what is making them more prevalent. Is it the fact that the temperatures are more moderate? Or that the river is not iced over?

It turns out that the Mississippi River is a popular location for bald eagles to over winter and even to live year round and it's the open water they like, because it makes hunting easier. Hard to catch a fish that's protected by a layer of ice, I guess.

Liza wrote a great blog on eagles about a year ago. Check it out for more information as well as a bunch of great eagle resources.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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posted on Sat, 02/11/2006 - 2:28pm
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posted on Sat, 02/11/2006 - 8:50pm
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Anonymous says:

Thia is bird that last of it kind. So don't kill them or we will find you and send you to jail.

posted on Sun, 02/12/2006 - 12:59pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Well, it is true that you can go to jail for killing a Bald Eagle. In the early part of the last century over 100,000 Bald Eagles were killed in Alaska because Salmon fisherman were afraid they would eat all of their fish! They were also harmed by the widespread use of DDT in the environment. However, the 1973 Endangered species act made it illegal to kill or possess a Bald Eagle and DDT was phased out of use in this country.

The Bald Eagle is now making a comeback. It was taken off the endangered species list in 1995 and changed to threatened status. Over the last four years I have been seeing more and more Bald Eagles at the Science Museum down by the Mississippi River each year. Just goes to show that we can work together to make some positive impact on the environment.

posted on Mon, 02/13/2006 - 11:59am
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horsyhollygirl says:

I think we have a bald eagle nest somewere around where our house is in bloomington. We see them alot in the summer and so do our nighbors! There really cool and big! We also saw that dead junior bald eagle at the sience musium, it wasn't eaven full grown yet and man, that thing was huge!

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posted on Sun, 03/19/2006 - 4:41pm

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