Get a "behind the scenes" opportunity to join bald eagle biologists in action! The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold an eagle banding media day, where reporters and photographers will have the rare opportunity to watch biologists climb a high tree to a nest site with eaglets inside. The nestlings will be brought to the ground to receive an identification band, have measurements taken, and to be photographed.
Arizona expects to have nearly 50 breeding pairs of bald eagles this year. This is a great opportunity to have close interaction with one of our nation's patriotic symbols and to learn about the state's management efforts to protect the future of Arizona's eagles.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Box Bar Ranch, Rio Verde, AZ
Directions: Take Loop 101 to Scottsdale Road. Go north to Dynamite Boulevard and turn east. Dynamite Boulevard turns into Rio Verde Drive. Go to the dead end (Forest Road) and turn north. Turn immediately east onto Box Bar Ranch Road. Follow the road around and turn left under the Rio Verde Ranch archway. Stay right and follow the road around past the Saddle Club. Continue straight through the wood fence and go around the garage to the large parking area and the "Rio Verde Cookout" sign.
* Kenneth Jacobson, head of the Arizona Game and Fish Department Bald Eagle Management Program
* Kyle McCarty, Arizona Game and Fish Department eagle biologist
R.S.V.P.s are mandatory for this popular media-only event. Media should be prepared for a short hike to the nest site. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water, snacks and sunscreen.
Please contact Lynda Lambert at (623) 236-7203 to confirm attendance.
Press Release found at The Outdoor Wire
I always thought something like this would be amazing to watch. Back home, some years ago, the bald eagles migrated to my hometown in "droves". If I remember right, a large part of the river was down and you could grab fish with your bare hands. Easy pickins for our symbol of hope and freedom...they were everywhere.
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