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From: Department of Natural Resources publications list
[mailto:DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.MICHIGAN.GOV]On Behalf Of Julee Hasbany
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 11:49 AM
To: DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.MICHIGAN.GOV
Subject: DNR SEEKS HELP WITH BALD EAGLE SURVEY


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 18 DEC 01
CONTACTS: Eve Rolandson, Raymond Rustem, 517-373-1263

DNR SEEKS HELP WITH BALD EAGLE SURVEY

LANSING-- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today 
announced the annual mid-winter bald eagle survey, asking 
Michigan residents to report all sightings of bald eagles 
Jan. 1-15, 2002. The mid-winter survey is a national event, 
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, 1,510 reports were 
received from 74 counties statewide. Adult eagles have white 
heads and tails, yellow bills that are hooked, and yellow 
feet. Immature eagles have spotty brown and 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.michigandnr.com (link to Wildlife Resources and then 
to Wildlife Observations) or send in a postcard no later 
than Feb. 1, 2002. 
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 are urged to be cautious when they encounter 
eagles 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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