Dianne Moller educator, rehabilitator and licensed falconer with Hoo’s Woods Raptor Center in Milton, Wisconsin was a presenter at this year’s Eagle Days along the Fox River. People in the audience got to meet many of her feathered friends.
WDNR wildlife specialists Bryan Woodbury, and Joseph Henry presented the 2009-2017 Citizen Scientist Data for Fox River Eagles at the January 13th Eagle Monitoring Volunteer Reception. Some of the most interesting data included the increase in sightings from 2009 to 2017 during the five months during which monitoring is conducted. On the average, there has been about a 50% increase.
The month of January is typically the month in which the most sightings are observed.
The largest count of eagles occurred in 2013 and again in 2017. Can’t wait to see the results for 2018.
Monitoring eagles is infectious. Once you try it, you’ll be waiting for the next month you can do it again. For more information contact Cheryl Root. No experience is necessary; all ages welcome!
Read full Fox River Eagle Survey report.
The comeback of the eagle is a symbol of the importance of conservation and preservation of our natural resources. Presentations at the Neenah Library focused on our waterways and wetlands as well as the successful management of the sturgeon population in the Fox-Wolf waterway system.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 was the annual reception for eagle monitors and the public to get an update on the status on the eagles in the Fox Valley. Some of the interesting things we learned include:
- Eagles can see a fish under water from one-half mile away
- Eagles are territorial for approximately a one-half mile radius around their nest during nesting, but not so intolerant of other eagles after the eaglets have fledged
- Primary reason for decline in eagles has been: logging, reduction of food source, predators and DDT
- New River Alliance citizen science monitors began working with the WDNR’s Bald Eagle Program in 2009.
- In 2017 the Fox Valley accounted for 176 eagle nests.
- 2017 was a record year. There were 1590 Bald Eagle nests in Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin’s Eagle Data Area 2 had the highest count of eagles in North America (includes Vilas and Oneida counties)
- Since budgets have cut, the Bald Eagle Program depends heavily upon the WDNR Donation Fund called Adopt an Eagle Nest Program administered by the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation
Listed in the Winter 2017 issue of the Audubon Magazine were five hotspots for photographing Bald Eagles. They are:
- Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah
- Conowingo Dam, Maryland
- LeClaire, Iowa
- Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri
- Skagit River, Washington
Today Bald Eagles nest in every state but Hawaii, so the chance of seeing one is a lot easier than back in the 1960s — before DDT was outlawed. In fact, there is good opportunity to see the Bald Eagles that make the Fox Valley their home.
Although you can see them all year long, they are especially visible during the winter months because they congregate near the open water of the Fox River. Plan to join us for Eagle Days activities during the next three Saturdays, January 13, 20 and 27th. See Schedule.
Eagle monitoring for this coming Saturday, January 13, 2018, will be from 6:56AM to 8:30AM. Viewing sites are located throughout the Fox Cities. Citizen scientist eagle monitors will be on hand at each site.
The public is invited to join any of the eagle monitoring activities.
Refreshments will be available.
Mr Brew’s Taphouse in Appleton, Wisconsin has recently been added to our list of contributors for Eagle Days Along the Fox River. Mr Brew’s is located along the river shore and is an excellent place to stop for a brew and watch the eagles. Thank you Mr. Brew’s Taphouse for being a contributor.
Other contributors to our Eagle Days event are:
Wild Bird & Backyard, Appleton
Go Wild with Birds, Neenah
Atlas Waterfront Cafe & Gathering Room, Appleton
Thousand Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna, Wisconsin along with the Northeast Wisconsin Alliance organization, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other interested enthusiasts are collaborating again to provide opportunities for everyone to view Bald Eagles along the Fox River during the month of January.
Besides learning about the Bald Eagles that make the Fox Valley area their home during the winter months, all visitors will also be able to learn about the history of the Fox River and the abundant wildlife viewing it has to offer.
In a nutshell, here are planned events. Details can be found at Schedule.
- January 13 Mid-Winter Eagle Monitoring*
- 6:44-8:35AM Eagle Monitoring at designated sites
- 10AM-Noon Reception and update on 2016-17 monitoring results at Atlas Waterfront Cafe
- January 20 Various Eagle Education Programs
- 10:30AM-2:30PM Paper Discovery Center
- 10AM-3PM Neenah Public Library
- 7:45-9:15 AM Guided Bird Hikes at various locations
- 7AM-5PM Self-Guided Viewing Locations along the Fox River
- January 27 Various Eagle Education Programs
- 7AM-5PM 1000 Islands Environmental Center
- 9AM-NOON Kaukauna Public Library
- 7AM-5PM Guided Viewing Locations along the Fox River (Kaukauna locations only)
Eagle monitoring occurs on the second Saturday of the month in the Fox Valley area from November through March. Start times begin one half hour before sunrise and continue for ninety minutes.
There are various locations, most of them public, between the mouth of the Fox River on Lake Winnebago and the Wrightstown Bridge. If you’d like to get out to watch for these amazing soaring creatures, contact Cheryl Root for more information. No experience is necessary and there’s no age limitations.
See also Celebration of Eagles.
We are pleased to announce the addition of two new sponsors for Eagle Days along the Fox. They are Expera Specialty Solutions and Evergreen Credit Union. Thank you both for helping us present Eagle Days to the public.
“Effort focuses on bald eagle Resurgence” is the title of an article by Madeleine Behr which appeared in the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper recently. The article talks about the resurgence of the eagle population along the Fox River and its surrounding communities in the Appleton, Wisconsin area.
It also talks a bit about the history of the clean-up of the Fox River and the impact that has had, as well as the impact citizen scientists have had on on the resurgence of the eagles. Started by retired WDNR wildlife biologist Dick Nickolai, since 2008 volunteers have undertaken eagle monitoring in the Fox Valley. Data shows that we now have 33 eagle nests in the area.
Lastly, it mentions Eagle Days Along the Fox. An annual celebration where citizens can monitor and learn about the Bald Eagles on the Fox River. Next year’s planned events will be held on January 13th and 20th.
See also Eagle Days Along the Fox.