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Eagle Count Scheduled for January

Monday, January 01, 2007 | 06:00pm

A Mid-Winter Eagle Count is scheduled for Tennessee during January 3 through 17, 2007, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). This count is part of a national count coordinated by the Biological Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey.

The target date for the national simultaneous count is January 12-13, but reported sightings during the entire period of January 3–17 are important.

The primary focus in Tennessee is bald eagles, but golden eagles and ospreys have been reported over the past several years.

Anyone making sightings of bald eagles, golden eagles, or ospreys during January 3–17, and in particular January 12–13, can contact Pete Wyatt (1-800-332-0900) in TWRA’s Region IV Office or Richard Kirk (1-615-781-6619) in TWRA’s Nashville Office.

Information requested includes: name and address or telephone number of observer, date, time and place of observation, species observed and for bald eagles and golden eagles, whether the bird was an adult or immature.

Tennessee’s bald eagle population is the highest in winter when birds migrate from the north. Although Reelfoot Lake and Dale Hollow Reservoir have the greatest concentration during the winter, eagles may be observed along almost any waterway in the state.

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