Bringing back eagles: Conclusions from the 2017 bald eagle survey report
By Ken M. Blomberg
Nearly 40 years ago, while driving down River Road below the DuBay dam, I saw a mature bald eagle gliding over the river. As he approached the road side he swooped into a lower branch perch. I stopped the truck, rolled down my window and stared in awe. Bald eagles were by no means common back then – in fact, they only occupied 151 nests across the entire state in 1979. Watching eagles back then was rare treat.
Today, hardly a road trip from our place along the creek goes by that we don’t spot a bald eagle, or two. We spot them soaring in the sky hunting, perched in treetops resting or standing in fields feeding on something they’ve recently killed. That’s exactly what I saw last weekend driving back and forth from the Mead Wildlife Area on Saturday and on the way to Wausau on Sunday. It seems these days, eagles are just about everywhere. Travel north to areas where our nation’s symbol has always resided and you’ll be pleased to observe even more. Travel west to the Mississippi Valley near La Crosse and watch record number of wintering birds – or anywhere along our own Wisconsin River near open water, especially below dams and spillways, East along Lake Michigan’s shoreline and all the way south to Kenosha County, where they recorded its first documented nest this year in more than a century.
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