In the Wild with Greg Wagner


ON THE EAGLE NEST WATCH by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
February 11, 2010, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Bald Eagles, Birds, wildlife | Tags: , ,

 

Despite what you might think about this winter’s weather, it won’t stop several species of raptors, including bald eagles, from establishing territories and working on building nests or repairing old ones. Joel Jorgensen, Nongame Bird Program Manager in the Wildlife Division of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Lincoln, says that from now on into March is a good time to stumble upon new bald eagle nests since the leaves are not on trees and the eagles are active. Last year, approximately 60 bald eagle nests were located in Nebraska.

  

Jorgensen also emphasizes that anywhere from 800-1,600 bald eagles will spend the winter with us here in the state, so just because you see a bald eagle doesn’t mean it’s in nesting mode. 

Jorgensen adds that if someone does stumble upon a very large nest with one or two bald eagles hanging around it, to not disturb the bird or birds, and that he would appreciate any details of the nest’s location. Joel’s e-mail address, is: Joel.Jorgensen@Nebraska.Gov 

A side note here, you can help support nongame wildlife in Nebraska such as the bald eagle by making a contribution on the appropriate line of your Nebraska State Income Tax Form. Just look for the little peregrine falcon symbol or tell your tax preparer to do so.  Need info on Nebraska’s Nongame Wildlife Program? Click the link below.

http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/wildlife/programs/nongame/checkoff.asp

 

Special thanks to Eric Fowler of NEBRASKAland Magazine for the use of these spectacular photos. See you out there, looking for eagle nests!

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