These aren’t the greatest of bald eagle pics but they help to highlight a pretty cool study being done to learn more about our national emblem and their life here in Colorado.
This particular eagle is the male at a nest southwest of Denver. Last summer, it was trapped and fitted with a GPS-GSM transmitter. In these images taken this past weekend, you can see the device. One shows the solar panel that charges it and in the other two you can see the “hump” on the eagle’s back from the device.
The study is being conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife along with other partner agencies with the goal of learning more about bald eagle movements and nesting habits along the Front Range. As the human population continues to boom, the previously endangered bald eagle population continues to do surprisingly well despite our encroachment on their habitat.
Determining nest success and failures as well as learning overall eagle population and movements will help us to better understand these incredible raptors’ needs and how to protect them. It really is a neat program and some of the data I have seen come from it is really fascinating.