I am a bit wet behind my ears from this experience. Migrating swans are common place living in the Mississippi River Valley. I can hear their massive flocks migrating over my house throughout the night. The din of their call is very pronounced.
I have experienced an odd Sandhill Crane in the marsh here and there however never before have I seen over 75 of these birds congregated.
Thanks for watching this short video that I grabbed on my to work at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN.
The National Eagle Center and Audubon Minnesota are pleased to announce the successful release of a male Golden Eagle with a radio-linked satellite transmitter today, outside Wabasha, MN. With a crowd of well-wishers and media gathered to witness this exciting event, Golden Eagle Project Co-coordinator Scott Mehus said, "This release gives us a great opportunity to learn more about Golden Eagles in Minnesota, and in turn to understand how we can better protect these magnificent birds and the habitat they rely on."
The eagle was captured on January 17th, 2011, in a radio-controlled net. The release and tracking of this bird is part of multi-year project to understand wintering Golden Eagles in the bluff lands of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
The bird was given the name Hda Wah'pe, which means "Rattling Leaf" in Dakota, and was the name given to Wapahsha II. In a brief prayer before the release, Leonard Wabasha, a descendant of Wapasha II, gave thanks for the bird and for all the assembled people.
In both 2009 and 2010, the Golden Eagle Project was able to release a golden eagle with satellite transmitters. Both eagles had been found injured, and rehabilitated prior to their release. Already these birds have provided valuable data about the migration and possible breeding range of golden eagles. Maps detailing the migrations and location of these birds are available at NationalEagleCenter.org and MN.Audubon.org.
The National Eagle Center's Golden Eagle Project aims to better understand the biology and management needs of this population of Golden Eagles and works with landowners and the public to educate and encourage appropriate habitat conservation and restoration in the Mississippi River Valley. The Project is a partnership of National Eagle Center and Audubon Minnesota, with support from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Non-Game Division, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, as well as United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Winona District.
GOLDEN EAGLE TO BE RELEASED WITH SATELLITE TRANSMITTER Tuesday, January 18th at 4:oo pm, the National Eagle Center and Audubon Minnesota will release a Golden Eagle with a satellite-linked tracking device. The release will take place outside Wabasha, MN (along Wabasha County highway 32), near where the bird was captured.
**Meet at NEC, 50 Pembroke Ave S., Wabasha, MN, 651-565-4989, at 3:15pm to carpool to release site.
This release is part of an on-going project investigating Golden Eagles that winter in the bluff lands region. By tracking, Golden Eagles known to use the bluff lands in winter, researchers hope to better understand migration patterns and breeding origins for these birds. The Golden Eagle Project has already released two Golden Eagles with transmitters, and hopes to release up to six Golden Eagles, during this multi-year project. The eagle released in 2009, migrated from western Wisconsin and spent the summer north of the Arctic Circle. Maps detailing the migrations and location of these birds are available at NationalEagleCenter.org and MN.Audubon.org.
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to track this Golden Eagle because so little is known about them and their presence here in the bluff lands.” Says Project Co-coordinator, Scott Mehus. “That’s why the National Eagle Center is involved in this pioneering effort to understand and protect these amazing birds.”
This release also comes on the heels of the 2011 Wintering Golden Eagle Survey, which took place on Saturday, January 15th, when volunteer observers combed the bluff lands looking for these majestic birds. Results are not yet tabulated, but this year’s survey covered several new areas, so there is a good chance the total could top last year’s survey high of 100 Golden Eagles in southeast Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.
The Golden Eagle Project is a partnership of National Eagle Center and Audubon Minnesota, with support from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Non-Game Division, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, as well as United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Winona District.
Mississippi River Valley Winter Eagle Count
|Reads Landing||Adults 28 + Imm. 4||32|
|Wabasha||Adults 24 + Imm. 2||26|
|Alma||Adults 126 + Imm. 22||148|
|Buffalo City||Adults 38 + Imm. 8||46|
|Lock and Dam 5||n/a|
|Totals||Adults 216 + Imm. 36||252|
Counts taken on or around 1-14-11
Mississippi River Valley Winter Eagle Count
|Adults 10 + Imm. 2||12|
|Reads Landing||Adults 57 + Imm. 9||66|
|Wabasha||Adults 18 + Imm. 2||20|
|Alma||Adults 129+ Imm. 23||152|
|Buffalo City||Adults 56 + Imm. 5||61|
|Lock and Dam5
Lock and Dam 5A
Adults 19 + Imm. 1
Adults 289+ Imm. 42
Counts taken on or around 1-7-2011