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Wildlife Officials Say Rehabilitated Bald Eage Released in November Probably Searching For Original Mate
December 28, 2004
“Bald eagles mate for life,” says Reese Collins with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Atlanta. “Some pairs stay together year round. Others commonly split up after nesting season and then reunite.”
Collins says the 14-year-old female bald eagle that wildlife rescuers named Pilgrim will eventually find her way back to her nesting territory somewhere near Chickasaw, Alabama, outside Mobile and wait for her mate. “If the mate doesn’t return, she may find a new one,” says Collins.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service successfully released the rehabilitated, 14-year-old female bald eagle into the wild the morning of November 30, 2004. The release occurred during the 20th anniversary of
“This rehabilitated bald eagle should live for many years in one of the best natural habitats in
Wildlife Officials Uncover Interesting Background of Released Bald Eagle
Meantime, wildlife officials have been doing some checking into Pilgrim’s background and here’s what they uncovered:
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has released 92 juvenile eagles (11-12 weeks old) into the wild since the Alabama Bald Eagle Restoration Project was established in 1984. As of 2003, there were more than 100 known bald eagles occupying 53 active nests in the state. Five of the nests are located in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Known nests are monitored each year by Alabama’s Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division personnel.
Funding for Alabama’s Bald Eagle Restoration Project comes mainly from sales of Alabama hunting licenses as well as the Wildlife Restoration Program, which is a federal excise tax on certain firearms, ammunition and archery equipment that comes back to the states for wildlife restoration and management.
The bald eagle population in the
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates there are now more than 7,000 nesting pairs of bald eagles in the continental
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will begin its annual monitoring of wintering bald eagles in early January and its monitoring of bald eagle nesting sites from mid-to-late January through March. State wildlife biologists will fly the entire state recording nesting success and the number of eaglets per nest in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Bald Eagle Recovery Plan. Anyone seeing a bald eagle nest or an eagle carrying nesting material in
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes the statewide stewardship and enjoyment of