Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Golden Eagle #53

There is a new addition to the Golden Eagle conservation project we've posted about.  Golden eagle #53 was outfitted with a transmitter in Duluth, MN yesterday. From now on, the GPS transmitter on the the bird will record its position once an hour, enabling Audubon Minnesota to track its location all year long, and perhaps for several years.   You can read the article here.  The project information is here.  If you follow TRC's blog and facebook, you have already started to follow two other golden eagles with transmitters this season.  Mark Martell of Audubon Minnesota has graciously agreed to send maps with data on the birds' travels. 

Frank Nicoletti, director of banding at Hawk Ridge, admires the golden eagle he trapped at the
banding station Monday. The eagle is a male
about 5 years old. After it was banded and
equipped with a radio transmitter,
the bird was released. (Bob King /

The transmitter is mounted on the eagle’s back with a harness that
wraps under its wings. The device records and later transmits
GPS locations to researchers. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

A crowd gathers Monday afternoon at Hawk Ridge to watch Mark Martell,
director of bird conservation for Audubon Minnesota,
release the golden eagle trapped
there earlier in the day.
(Bob King /

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