Bald Eagles and Wind Energy

I joined Blake Massey (PhD student-UMASS) and Chris DeSorbo (Biodiversity Research Institute) on Lake Onawa, Maine to observe and assist in Blake's research on Bald Eagles. Blake's study focuses on using GPS telemetry to model Bald Eagle movements in order to minimize potential future negative impacts associated with wind energy. We attached a floating yellow perch with monofilament line to an anchor and carefully positioned the rig 200 m away from a perched eagle. Once the eagle took the fish, a noose tightened around the eagle's talons, bringing the bird of prey to the water for immediate capture. Morphometrics, blood sampling, and GPS backpack attachments were completed after a "hood" was placed over the eagle's head, minimizing stress due to capture and handling.  Click here for Blake's project abstract.