Posted by ardeidae on January 04, 2006

  • Ohio Division of Fish and Wildlife asking Ohio residents to report eagle sightings through the 15th of this month. Both Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) have been seen in the area. The Bald Eagle population in Ohio has grown from only four nesting pairs in the late 1970s to more than 125 breeding pairs.
  • Annual Eagle Watch being held by Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation on January 7 and 14. It's free and reservations are not needed. Show up at the refuge at 3pm for viewing, or arrive at 1pm for a winter bird identification program. Oklahoma plays host to 700 to 1,500 Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) every winter.
  • Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times recounts his recent sightings of Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties in Illinois. "I loved it. Oh, I still dream of catching a 61/2-pound, Illinois-record smallmouth bass, but for now I savor tentatively documenting Iroquois County's first snowy owl."
  • Louisiana man admits to shooting and killing a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). He says he thought he was shooting at a "chicken hawk", but it doesn't matter...shooting any raptor is illegal. The man faces a fine of up to $100,000 and a year in jail. Raptors provide more benefit than harm. If one happens to be causing damage or problems, don't illegally kill it. Instead contact your local fish and wildlife service.





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