March 17, 2014
The following request is from MassWildlife
. We've had many bald eagle sightings
in our region over the years and are hopeful our readers can help out in this effort.
Help with Spring Eagle Count in Early April
-- Eagle and other wildlife enthusiasts are asked to save April 4, 2014 to participate in the statewide Spring Bald Eagle Survey. This effort will include a concentrated survey of the major rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across the Commonwealth. Organized by MassWildlife, the survey will be conducted by agency staff and volunteers. Teams will be checking known eagle territories and exploring areas with potential eagle habitat to try to locate “new” eagle nests. If inclement weather prevents the survey on April 4, the backup date is April 11, 2014. Additionally, MassWildlife encourages anyone to submit eagle sightings throughout the spring by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by postal service to “Eagle Survey,” MassWildlife, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA 01583.
This is the second annual Spring Bald Eagle Survey, replacing MassWildlife’s long-standing Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. “Now that Bald Eagle numbers have greatly increased and have been removed from the Federal Endangered Species List, the need to monitor nationwide populations has been reduced,” said Andrew Vitz, MassWildlife’s State Ornithologist. “At the same time, the number of eagles has increased across the Commonwealth. The Spring Eagle Survey helps us more closely monitor eagle breeding, nesting, and distribution in Massachusetts.”