Enjoy the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service live eagle cam.

The eagle nest is located approximately 75 miles from Washington, D.C. on the campus of The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ National Conservation Training Center. The campus is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, along the Potomac River.

Courtesy of the Outdoor Channel – View here!

Thanks to the Allegheny Front Alliance for the link.

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3 Responses to Enjoy the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service live eagle cam.

  1. Allegheny Front Alliance says:

    Will US Wind Force and Pinnacle Wind Force, LLC please wake up! Hello….

    Allegheny Front Alliance is concerned the Pinnacle Knob Project will harm wildlife, in particular golden and bald eagles.

    The National Aviary, Powdermill Avian Research, during 2007-2008 tracked several golden eagles (#40. 41. 69 and a bald eagle (#65) in the general vicinity of the proposed Pinnacle Wind Project.

    In the fall of 2007, there were 99 golden eagles and 57 bald eagles that migrated south across the Pinnacle Project. During the spring 2008 migration, another 102 golden eagles and 37 bald eagles migrated across the proposed project site. In all instances, 50% of these birds flew at turbine rotor height.

    US Wind Force response consultant indicate that this is not biological significant.

    The reader should take notice that the US Fish and Wildlife Service in a letter dated Sept 30, 2009, recommended to Pinnacle Wind Force, LLC they may pursue incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act and Eagle Act, respectively. Pinnacle Wind Force, LLC may also apply for such permits prior to construction.

    Let us hope that US Wind Force will recognize reality and make application for an incidental take permit.

    Industrial wind represents high costs with little social benefits.

    PS. Less than five miles from the propose project site, at Jennings Randolph Lake, is a pair of nesting bald eagles that have made it their home for the last fifteen years

  2. Allgheny Front Alliance says:
  3. Allgheny Front Alliance says:

    The Research that is occuring at the National Aviary Research is outstanding. It is reconized by the US FWS.

    http://www.windaction.org/documents/19266

    This formal statement was delivered to the Tyrone Borough Council addressing the high risk to Golden Eagles should the Sandy Ridge Wind Farm be permited on Ice Mountain in Tyrone County, PA. The statement was prepared by the National Aviary and other researchers.
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    The size of the eastern North American population of golden eagles is small and therefore highly vulnerable to demographic perturbations. Even low levels of turbine-associated or other mortality may be significant for long-lived species with low reproductive rates and slow maturation rates (Drewitt and Langston, 2006; Katzner et al. 2006). Golden eagles tend to migrate and winter within areas of the central Appalachians that are currently under development or targeted for future development by wind energy companies. This species commonly uses slope soaring and ridge updrafts during migration and foraging, flight patterns which are known to increase collision risk (Barrios & Rodriguez, 2004; Hoover & Morrison, 2005). Additionally, a pilot study conducted by Farmer (2007) found that 88% of migrating bald and golden eagles flew at an altitude within the rotor swept area of modern turbines. It is for these reasons and others that golden eagles therefore may be highly susceptible to collision with some wind turbines (Hunt, 2002; Smallwood & Thelander, 2004). Because of their demography, migration and winter flight behavior, and vulnerability to wind turbines, we consider eastern golden eagles to be the raptor species at greatest risk of population-wide impacts from wind energy development in the Appalachians.

    Available monitoring data and modeling strongly suggest that eastern golden eagles migrate through a narrow corridor in south-central Pennsylvania (particularly during spring; Brandes & Ombalski, 2004). This corridor includes portions of Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Somerset Counties and likely extends southward through Maryland into West Virginia. Thus, we consider the Allegheny Front and the five adjacent ridges to the east to be a zone of high risk for potential impacts to golden eagles.

    Our tracking data show that three of five golden eagles that migrated through Pennsylvania used the area in and around Ice Mountain. Data points were collected at one-hour intervals. One bird roosted within the proposed facility and the data suggest that this bird foraged in the same area. There were a total of 19 hourly locations within 3000 m of the facility, with eight points falling within 300 m of a turbine. The closest location to a proposed turbine location was 65 m. Of the 19 points, 17 locations were stationary, while two locations were from two different birds in active flight. The altitudes of these two points were 1086 m and 849 m above sea level. The mean total height (elevation plus turbine height) of the turbines at Ice Mountain is 855 m ± 35 m. Thus, one of the flight locations was within the rotor swept area of the turbines at Ice Mountain. Based on these preliminary data, Ice Mountain appears to provide important migratory habitat for golden eagles.

    In addition to the high use wintering areas on West Virginia and parts of Virginia, our preliminary telemetry data and remote camera surveys suggest that many more golden eagles winter in Pennsylvania than was previously known. Importantly, for the two telemetered birds that wintered in Pennsylvania, greater than 95% of their telemetry points were located in high elevation, remote wooded areas. This suggests that, in addition to providing important migration habitat, Ice Mountain may provide prime golden eagle wintering habitat. Furthermore, studies suggest that raptors are at highest collision risk when foraging (Hunt, 2002; Hoover & Morrison, 2005), thus land managers should consider the potential conflicts that wind energy facilities may pose, not only in critical migratory habitat, but in important wintering areas as well.

    To summarize, our data tell us that golden eagles will be impacted by wind power development on Ice Mountain. Nevertheless, they do not tell us the scale of that impact – how many golden eagles may be at risk from wind power development at Ice Mountain, nor do they tell us exactly what will happen to eagles, should turbines be built there. The decision to put turbines at this site will have consequences for these Pennsylvania ridge tops and there will be impacts on golden eagles and other species. We hope that our limited preliminary data are useful to those of you who will make the decision whether or not to develop this site.
    Authors:
    • Tricia Miller, The Pennsylvania State University and Carnegie Museum of Natural History
    • Todd Katzner, National Aviary
    • David Brandes, Lafayette College
    • Michael Lanzone, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
    • Dan Ombalski, State College Bird Club

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