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>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 20 DEC 00
>CONTACTS: Eve Rolandson, Raymond Rustem
>517-373-1263
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>2001 MID-WINTER BALD EAGLE SURVEY
>
>LANSING--Between January 1-15, 2001, the Michigan Department of Natural 
>Resources is asking citizens to report all
>sightings of bald eagles. The annual mid-winter survey is a
>national event that is coordinated through the U.S.
>Department of the Interior National Biological Service.
>Survey information helps identify important wintering
>concentrations of eagles and guides future management
>activities. In last year's survey, 782 reports were received
>from 63 counties statewide. Two hundred forty-three eagles
>were sighted in the Upper Peninsula, 190 adults and 53
>immatures. In the Lower Peninsula, 539 eagles were counted,
>including 383 adults and 156 immatures.
>Adult eagles have white heads and tails, yellow bills that
>are hooked and yellow feet. Immature eagles have spotty
>brown with white feathers and black beaks. Bald eagles have
>a seven-foot wingspan and fly with a flat wing flight
>pattern.
>Many of Michigan's resident bald eagles leave their nesting
>territories during the winter months to look for food. Their
>hunting and scavenging activities, which often occur near
>ice-free rivers, dams, cooling ponds at power plants, road
>kill locations and ice fishing sites, provide an excellent
>opportunity to view and count wintering eagles.
>To report sightings, complete the form on the DNR Web site
>at www.dnr.state.mi.us (link to wildlife resources and then
>to wildlife observations) or send in a postcard no later
>than February 1, 2001.
>Send postcards to: Winter Bald Eagle Survey, Natural
>Heritage Program, Department of Natural Resources, Box
>30180, Lansing, MI 48909-7680. Reports should include the
>following information:
>* Reporter's name, address and telephone number
>* Date and time of eagle(s) sighting (Report only sightings
>between January 1-15).
>* 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(s)
>or immature(s)
>* Eagle behavior and any other pertinent information.
>
>Motorists should be cautious when eagles are observed
>feeding along roadsides. Eagles often do not leave their
>food source when a vehicle approaches. Some bald eagles are
>killed every year by vehicles.
>The bald eagle survey is funded from contributions given to
>the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund.  For information on how
>you can assist other projects supported by this Fund, visit
>the DNR Web site.  Additional information also is available
>in the quarterly publication, The Spotting Scope, which is
>free from the DNR Natural Heritage Program.
>
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