DEEP: Eagle Chick Special Report

CT Eagle Chick Observed in New York
Adapted from an article written for an issue of  Connecticut Wildlife.

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Eagle chick banded in 1998 - Barkhamsted, CT.

On December 23, 1999, a volunteer for the New York Department of Environmental Conservationís Endangered Species Program who was observing eagles at the Swinging Bridge Reservoir in Sullivan County, New York, identified the leg bands of an immature male bald eagle that was banded as a chick in Connecticut in 1998! This immature eagle was one of 18 eagles feeding at this location. This is exciting news for the Wildlife Division because the first two years of life are critical for this species. It is during this period that the young birds must learn to fend for themselves and many chicks donít make it. This immature eagle is one of two chicks born at the Barkhamsted nest in 1998.

The Wildlife Division has banded and examined most of the chicks hatched in Connecticut since 1992 as part of the protective management program for this endangered species. Attaching leg bands is a very useful tool for wildlife managers because it enables managers to trace local movements, estimate population changes and determine a speciesí lifespan. The use of leg bands has provided important information to the federal recovery program for this state endangered species. With an endangered population, it is necessary to collect any pertinent data that can be added to our knowledge of this speciesí life history in Connecticut.

Previous to this verified siting, the chicks that fledged in 1998 had not been seen in Connecticut or reported elsewhere. The birds will attain their adult plumage and be ready to breed by 2003. Once the birds find a mate, it is hoped that they return to Connecticut to nest and raise their young.

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Bald Eagle Fact Sheet