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Spotting Eagles: Counting Along the Rappahannock | WTVF Public Radio

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Caught on Camera:

Earlier this month Archie Treptow, a biologist working within Santee Coastal Wildlife Management Area in South Carolina, recorded one of CCB’s banded eagles using a camera trap over a deer carcass. The bird was with a large group of black vultures. The eagle (purple band P/R) was from a nest on Yorktree Creek near Yorktown, Virginia that was included in the National Park Service’s blood study (http://buff.ly/2kNmeUC). CCB banded the bird as a nestling on 18 April, 2016. The distance from its nest to the camera trap is 550 kilometers (342 miles). Great to see the bird still doing well.
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Rappahannock eagle count sums up success of preservation effort | The Free Lance-Star

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New Peregrine Home

CCB biologists installed a new nest box on the Eltham Bridge in West Point, Virginia this afternoon. For the past three years the resident pair has been nesting on the floor of a counterweight compartment that is tilted 45 degrees at least once each month. The new box is on a stationary portion of the bridge with a great waterfront view. It should serve the pair for many years.

Photo: New peregrine nest box on the Eltham Bridge. Photo by Bryan Watts.
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Virginia Bald Eagles threatened by hunters’ lead bullets | Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

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Winter Woodpecker Count Underway

CCB biologists are one week into the annual winter head count of red-cockaded woodpeckers within the Piney Grove Preserve. All woodpeckers within the population are identified and counted by systematically going to each cluster site before dawn and reading their band combinations as they emerge from their cavities and forage. The winter count is one of the annual metrics used to monitor the population. The count typically lasts two weeks.

Photo: Red-cockaded woodpecker cavity at dawn within Piney Grove. Photo by Bryan Watts.
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Does the bald eagle's comeback spell bad news for other species? The Christian Science Monitor
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