Good news for Wisconsin's bald eagles and the people who love to watch them: a record number of occupied nests were observed in spring surveys, signifying the states largest population since surveys started in the 1970s, according to the 2016 Bald Eagle and Osprey Survey Report released recently. Friday, January 6, 2017
I recently saw a video of a bald eagle swimming to shore, rowing with its wings quite effortlessly while carrying a large fish in its talons. This is an uncommon but not rare sight in the Northwoods, and I've believed for years that the reason eagles occasionally swim is that they're unable to release prey from their talons unless they can push against something solid. An eagle thus is resigned to swimming to shore if it latches onto too large a fish and it get can't airborne.
Turns out I've been wrong. (subscriber access) Friday, December 9, 2016
The Northwoods Wildlife Center is known to many as the rescuers of various species of birds and animals in the area. At the end of last month, the public was invited to A Night for Wildlife, a presentation of the efforts of the center. Attendees were able to get a feel for what it takes to "rehabilitate hundreds of wildlife patients, educate thousands and contribute to critical wildlife and habitat research," according to the press release sent out before the event. (subscriber access) Friday, October 14, 2016