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River Organizations Object to US Fish and Wildlife Eagle Taking Rule Change

February 20th, 2014 | Posted by Kate

Save The River has joined with the Thousand Islands Land Trust and the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative to oppose to a recent rulemaking change that could be a threat to Bald Eagles in the Thousand Islands Region. This week the organizations sent a letter to register opposition to the Department of Interior’s decision to issue permits for up to thirty years to developers of renewable energy projects to “take” (injure, kill or otherwise disturb) bald and golden eagles.

The letter states: “The Upper St. Lawrence River valley is a home and critical seasonal foraging habitat for a variety of winter raptors, including a growing number of over-wintering bald eagles…. The Department’s thirty year permit provision will likely become a “license to kill” these majestic and iconic birds.”

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Save The River Supports Bald Eagle Research

January 6th, 2010 | Posted by Kate

This fall, Save The River joined dozens of other supporters in funding a satellite telemetry unit on a juvenile Bald Eagle in the Thousand Islands.

Biologists from Bird Studies Canada placed satellite telemetry units on two male juvenile Bald Eagles in an effort to understand the movements of young eagles during the first 3 -5 years of life. Satellite telemetry units allow for biologists to assess real time data on the locations of juveniles to determine if they are spending time in contaminated ‘hotspots’ in the Great Lakes region and whether the young will return to their birth spot to eventually raise their own young.

To learn more about this research effort and how you can be involved visit Bird Studies Canada’s Bald Eagle website.

To track the two young Bald Eagles who were born in the Thousand Islands during summer 09 (Hal and Moose), visit the Eagle Tracker website.

To read learn about Bald Eagles in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River check out the Bald Eagle Great Lakes Fact Sheet.

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