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August 23, 2013

FREE Bald Eagle program Sat at 2 pm

Bald Eagle Migration Day

Carbon Co Environmental Center educator Franklin Klock with bald eagle

Visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on Saturday, August 24 and see a live bald eagle up close during a FREE 2 pm presentation by the Carbon County Environmental Center. This  eagle show is part of the Sanctuary's annual Bald Eagle Migration Day and will be held in the outdoor amphitheater.

Bald Eagle Migration Day is designed to remind visitors that late August and early September can be the best time to see bald eagles in the wild as they migrate south past the Sanctuary lookouts. At this time of year visitors have more than a 50 percent chance of seeing one on any given day.  

“Eagles are on the rise, and now more than ever you have a chance of seeing one at Hawk Mountain,” says Mary Linkevich, a spokesperson for the Sanctuary. “In fact, on Wednesday, August 14, several members counted 21 bald eagles,” she added.

Children who walk with an adult to the lookout will be invited to participate in a simple eagle counting activity, tallying the number of eagles that pass and noting the time, just like the Sanctuary biologists. Children who return their activity sheet to the Visitor Center will have their name entered to win a special bald eagle-themed prize, and they need not be present to win. Also at the Visitor Center will be free information about eagles, their conservation status and their natural history, and some simple and fun take-home activities and factsheets.

About the Bald Eagle
Perhaps the most easily recognized raptor, adult bald eagles are easily distinguished by the white head feathers that stand out against the bird’s dark brown body, but they won't appear until the bird is at least four or five years old. First-year eagles tend to be brown overall or have white mottling on the underside of its wings. In the second and third year, the birds show heavy white streaking on the breast, and a year later, may have a nearly-white head with dark ‘smudges’.

            To identify an eagle at any age, look for a thick, barrel-like body, plank-like wings, an enormous beak and bright yellow feet. In flight, bald eagles are enormous: the wingspan may reach as wide as 7.5 feet and the bird can weigh up to 14 pounds. In comparison, the more commonly seen red-tailed hawk weighs just 1.5 to 3 pounds and has a wingspan less than half the eagle.

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