Posted by: rlukei | 2013/09/03

Eagles and CCB on NPR Sept 4


Eagle Recovery To Air On NPR’s Morning Edition September 4, 2013

National Public Radio science correspondent Elizabeth Shogren joined Bryan Watts and Courtney Turrin on a survey of bald eagles along the James River as part of a story focused on recovery. In addition to counting more than 100 eagles the group discussed the dramatic recovery of the species along the historic river and the behavioral shifts that are currently underway as the population approaches its carrying capacity. One of the best examples of eagle recovery on the continent, the James River population has increased from no breeding pairs in the mid-1970s to a record 205 in 2013. The ecological changes associated with this recovery are still unfolding. The story will air on NPR’s Morning Edition on September 4.

Photo Caption

National Public Radio science correspondent Elizabeth Shogren records river sounds while graduate student Courtney Turrin watches for eagles. The two were out on the James River to discuss bald eagle recovery with Bryan Watts. Photo by Bryan Watts.


For those listening in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, tune to WHRV FM 89.5. Morning Edition is on 5 to 9am. You can also go to the NPR web site

Did they also explore the abuse of our eagles at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens?

Response – This is a story about the recovery of bald eagles on the James River.

Thanks for the heads up Reese!

Thanks, Reese. I will give it a listen. By the way, I have seen eagles at Munden Point Park three times in the last week.
Response – Hi Peggy – There is a bald eagle nest across the North Landing River from Munden Point Park.

Thanks, Reese! That is great news.

Will click on the radio first thing in the a.m. Thanks for the alert.

Thanks Reese..Will tune in.With the virus that may be killing our Dolphin..could this be a concern for eagles and other birds that eat ..well dead things too.?

Response – Good questions. Don’t have an answer as to wether the virus transfers to other animals. Don’t know how the virus is transmitted.
NPR program at 7:20am this morning

This story is on the front page of National Public Radio web page this morning at

Well done story. Of course I wish it had gone on for an hour, but having it lead the web page seems to indicate it’s importance to more than just the local eagle-watching community. I’ve forwarded the site to friends who live outside the Mid-Atlantic.
Response – Thanks for spreading the word Minnie.