Heath Sershen

Heath Sershen has been fishing creeks in southeast Minnesota for 25 seasons.

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Seventh Annual Wintering Golden Eagle Survey

Posted by: Heath Sershen Updated: December 30, 2010 - 1:50 PM

Scott Mehus with Donald, the National Eagle Center resident Golden Eagle.

Scott Mehus with Donald, the National Eagle Center resident Golden Eagle.

 

-written by Scott Mehus, Education Director, National Eagle Center.

The golden eagles that winter in this area are definitely back on winter territories. I have been out on a daily basis in their territories and have seen several different golden eagles every day because the National Eagle Center is working on a research project studying the golden eagles that winter in the area .  On days when I am covering more territory I am generally seeing 8- 10 different golden eagles.  Another aspect of our study is trying to determine the wintering population size of golden eagles so that means it is time for theSeventh Wintering Golden Eagle Survey of the Bluffs and Coulee Region of the Upper Mississippi River!!!  The 2010 survey had over 140 observers count close to 100 golden eagles!!  Many of the observers had stellar views of these magnificent birds of prey.  Some observers even had the chance to see golden eagles going after rabbits and a wild turkey!

The survey is always held on the 3rd Saturday in January, so this year’s date will be January 15th 2011. I sure hope that those who are reading this will be interested in participating in this year’s survey!!  Even if you have never even seen a golden eagle in the wild, you are still welcome to participate.  You will be paired up with observers who have participated in the survey before and are looking for more “eyes” to help scan for raptors on the count day.  That is another neat thing about this survey is that you also get the chance to see other cool raptors besides golden eagles.  You will definitely get to see red-tailed hawks and bald eagles! In fact, on the 2010 survey over 900 bald eagles were sighted!! If you still want to be more confident in what you are seeing, you have the opportunity to join into a golden eagle seminar/field trip.  These will be held on January 4th and January 8th starting at 1:00 at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. We will start out in the classroom and then carpool out into the field to see golden eagles. I have always been able to show people golden eagles on these field trips, and sometimes incredible views.  If you have ever wanted to see a golden eagle in our area, this is the most reliable and fun way to do so!! Remember that the golden eagles that winter in this area are not found along the river and in the habitat that they do inhabit they do not stick out, and they also blend in with the landscape, so by coming to the seminar/field trip you will learn where and how to find the golden eagles in our area. Normal admission rates to the non-profit National Eagle Center allow you to take part in the seminar/field trip. Just call or email me to sign up for the seminar/field trip.  I can be reached at 651-565-4989 ext. 101 or via e-mail at scott@nationaleaglecenter.org

Mississippi River Valley Winter Eagle Count 2010-12-30

Posted by: Heath Sershen Updated: December 30, 2010 - 12:03 PM

 

A Juvenile Bald Eagle Rests on backwater ice.
A Juvenile Bald Eagle Rests on backwater ice.

Mississippi River Valley Winter Eagle Count 2010-12-30

Red Wing (Colville Park) n/a

Reads Landing      Adults 38 + Imm. 8 = 46

Wabasha                    Adults 3 + Imm. 0 = 3

Alma                      Adults 158+ Imm. 30 = 188

Buffalo City               Adults 29 + Imm. 6 = 35

Lock and Dam 5                                           = 32

Lock and Dam 5A   Adults 17 + Imm. 1 = 18

Totals -

Adults 245 + Imm. 45 + 32 (unk) = 322

Counts taken on or around 12-30-10

Eagles4Kids – live streaming eagle nest camera

Posted by: Heath Sershen Updated: December 21, 2010 - 11:02 AM
 
You can now peer inside this western Wisconsin Eagle nest at Eagles4kids.com

You can now peer inside this western Wisconsin Eagle nest at Eagles4kids.com

Eagles4Kids – live streaming eagle nest camera
 
The National Eagle Center is proud to unveil the Eagles4Kids live streaming eagle nest web cam.  The stream can be viewed by visiting Eagles4Kids.com
 
Mike Lawrence, a third-fourth grade teacher at Blair-Ettrick Elementary School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, and Heath Sershen, National Eagle Center Technology Manager, managed the project’s camera installation which involved forming partnerships with several agencies including CenturtyLink and Riverland Energy Cooperative.
 
The installation process video is available on our YouTube station, YouTube.com/nationaleaglecenter
 
“The project is intended to engage third and fourth graders with American Bald Eagles and their ecosystems and as a catalyst for learning web communication skills,” said Sershen.  “Fortunately (for us) the students wanted to allow the stream to be publicly accessible.”  
 
The students involved in this project designed the website and are responsible for its maintenance and up-keep.  
 
Regular updates on the birds in the nest, during nesting season, will be posted to both the NationalEagleCenter.org and Eagles4.kids.com website.
 
We expect the Eagles to return to their nest in late January to middle February.  The nest is located in western Wisconsin.  
 
Please visit Eagles4kids.com for more information.

Mississippi River Valley Winter Eagle Count

Posted by: Heath Sershen Updated: December 13, 2010 - 10:56 AM

A migrating American Bald Eagle photo by Heath Sershen courtesy NationalEagleCenter.org

A migrating American Bald Eagle photo by Heath Sershen courtesy NationalEagleCenter.org

Red Wing 
(Colville Park)   n/a

Reads Landing      Adults 20 + Imm. 17         = 37
Wabasha                Adults 3 +   Imm. 3             = 6
Alma                        Adults 48 + Imm. 18          =66
Buffalo City             Adults 98 + Imm. 50          =148
Lock and Dam 5                                                  =91
 
Totals                       Adults 169 + Imm. 88         =257
 
Counts taken on or around 12-10-10
 

Winter Eagle Counts

Posted by: Heath Sershen Updated: December 8, 2010 - 1:09 PM

An immature Bald Eagle, photo by hsershen.

An immature Bald Eagle, photo by hsershen.

Winter Eagle Count

Mississippi River Valley

Red Wing (Colville Park) n/a

Reads Landing 37

Adults 24 + Imm. 13

Wabasha 15

Alma 118

Adults 64 + Imm. 54            

Buffalo City 218

Adults 170 + Imm. 48

Lock and Dam 5 91

Counts taken on or around 12-6-10

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