A visit to Lock and Dam #14, Project Upate, Wiki Request, and more!

This past weekend my parents were in town. After seeing so many pictures online of eagles that are just breathtaking I knew I had to get down to Lock and Dam #14. Keep in mind I only have an iPad so many of the pictures are not considered breathtaking by any means. My dad does have a nice camera so he tested out his lens and was able to capture some great shots. It was cold as it was only 9 degrees. I have some video to share and will work on a new video this week as well.

I hope these images provide some new images for you and maybe develops new questions and things to think about.Let me know if you have anything you want to know more about. We are currently drafting our next podcast episode to be released later this week and we will include your questions in the podcast.

Looking ahead towards our global education project……..

As we move forward in our global project students will begin to form teams on various topics based on bald eagles.

Here are the current topics for teams

Team 1A: Birds of Prey Team 1B: Habitat Team Team 1C: Symbolism and cultural influence of the bald eagle Team 1D: Protection and laws for bald eagle Team 1E: Lifespan of a bald eagle Team 1F: Anatomy of a bald eagle

As we move forward if you have a topic that you think might be better for students to investigate or explore please let me know. These are the topics we covered last year, but always looking to make things better.

Now, to go back to our visit to Lock and Dam we viewed easily over 50 eagles. One eagle in particular really struck us. Check out the images below. The beak of this eagle is not right. We were trying to figure out if the eagle was born that way or the beak was lost in battle or problem with survival. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? Do you happen to know any more?

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Last, we wanted to show the talons of the eagles. They are nothing to mess around with. Seeing them in person makes you realize how lethal eagles are to their prey. I know it is not easy to see from the nest camera so we wanted to show an image for the students. So cool!

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As we wrap up, we are still waiting for an egg in the nest. We are expected to have another 4-6 inches of snow today with freezing rain mixed in. We must stay patient.

I added one more page to the wiki http://eagleeyeproject2.wikispaces.com/Eagle+Photographers+Page

To all of you who take high quality images of eagles I would love to have you share your work with the students from around the world.


One comment

  1. Aaron, You just might try to e-mail Dr. Peter Sharpe, Research Ecologist in California. I think he would be interested in the picture of the eagle with the deformed beak. Google his name, he is well known…..It would be wonderful to get him to do a podcast. Here is a link for you………http://iws.org/staff_sharpe.html
    Judith Hart

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