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     Enviro-Mich folks -- this may be of interest to many of you!  Anne W.


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Subject: 2000 MID-WINTER BALD EAGLE SURVEY 
Author:  <DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.CNOC.STATE.MI.US> at internet
Date:    12/21/99 1:34 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 22 DEC 99        
CONTACTS:       Eve Rolandson, Ray Rustem, 517-373-1263
     
2000 MID-WINTER BALD EAGLE SURVEY
     
LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is 
inviting the public to participate in the 2000 national 
winter bald eagle count from January 1-15. This important 
wildlife annual survey is coordinated by the Michigan DNR, 
Wildlife Bureau's Natural Heritage Program, in partnership 
with the U.S. Department of the Interior's National 
Biological Service.
You can join in this national wildlife management effort by 
counting the number of wintering eagles and listing their 
locations for the time period from January 1 through 15. 
Bird identification guides, charts, and binoculars can help 
identify the birds. Your eagle observations can be reported 
by sending a postcard by February 1 to the following 
address: Winter Bald Eagle Survey, Department of Natural 
Resources, Wildlife Bureau, Natural Heritage Program, P.O. 
Box 30180, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7680. Please provide the 
following sighting information: 
* name, address, and telephone number 
* date and time of eagle(s) sighting (only from January 1 
through 15) 
* county, town, range, section, or a location near a town, 
lake, river, highway or other land feature 
* number of eagle(s) observed and maturity level, adult or 
immature(s) 
* eagle behavior and any other pertinent information 
Wintering eagles have been found in all of Michigan's 83 
counties. They search for food in open spaces, such as ice- 
free lakes or rivers. Eagles will feed on road kills and may 
not leave their food source when a vehicle approaches them. 
Motorists should be cautious when approaching them. Several 
bald eagles are killed every year by vehicles when leaving a 
feeding site. 
The 1999 winter survey reported 235 eagle sightings in the 
Upper Peninsula, with 187 adults and 48 immatures. In the 
Lower Peninsula, 473 eagles sightings were reported, with 
385 adults and 88 immatures. Eagles were sighted in 70 
counties last year. 
This bald eagle survey is funded from tax donations given to 
the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund through the state income 
tax form. For additional information on nongame or endangered 
species, check the DNR web site at www.dnr.state.mi.us or by 
requesting a free copy of The Spotting Scope newsletter using 
the above address. 
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