Friday, September 19, 2014

A Golden Eagle Flies Overhead

It came as a surprise when I noticed a golden eagle was logged on our newly created Aton Forest eBird "hotspot".  Here is a screengrab of the observation (click to enlarge):

So it turns out that the observation stemmed from the fact that a radio collared bird flying south to its wintering location in the southern Appalachians flew over Aton Forest.  Pretty cool!  It's too bad no one got to actually see the eagle.  There's a number of groups researching the eastern population of golden eagles, especially their routes they take from northern Canada down to the mountainous states of the south.  To learn more check out the Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group.

- Ryan Williams (Conservation Assistant)