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The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) is a research and education non-profit. Our mission is to ensure the viability of bird populations within the mid-Atlantic region.

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We initiate and develop comprehensive strategies for the conservation and preservation of mid-Atlantic resources and ecosystems. In addition, we assist local, state, and federal agencies in identifying the condition and distribution of sensitive coastal resources.

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Do you have an idea of the ages of the resident NBG parents?

Question; Do all adult Bald Eagles nest? I live on Holt Lake near Smithfield, NC. For the past 2 years I have seen 2 adult Eagles during late December, January, February and March. I have looked for a nest from an airplane and with my spotting scope and boat but can’t find a nest. The fact that they leave in March and because I sometimes see both at the same time makes me wonder if they are nesting.
Response – Not all eagles find a mate. Sometimes the competition is just too great. Eagles that are mated will be seen often in this region during late fall and early winter, as they are busy building or repairing their nests. After eggs are laid, only likely to see one at a time as one will be incubating eggs and tending young at the nest. Most nests, but not all, are usually built under the crown of a tall tree, and can be very difficult to locate.

I am truly confused about the Bald Eagle species. I hear the terms Northern, Southern, Wintering, Nesting bald eagles.
Are they not one and the same species?
If I have entered this comment in the wrong place I sincerely apologize. I just didn’t know where to go and this is really bugging me.
Response – There are two recognized subspecies of American Bald Eagle – Haliaeetus leucocephalus. The two are based solely on size. The large or Northern subspecie H.l. alascanus breeds north of 40 degrees North, and the smaller or Southern subspecie H.l. leucocephalus breeds south of that latitude.

I’m having a problem getting on the ustream website. Everything was fine until a week ago. Now everything is different! Black area for streaming picture and no chat or social stream. I watched R1 nearly commit fratricide on R2 and was thrilled when little R2 weathered the storm. I would appreciate any help in getting back on your wonderful ustream website. It’s different at Decorah Eagles as well — but I do get a picture: black image around the picture, black social stream with white text. I’ve e-mailed Ustream, but no reply.
Any suggestions? Many thanks.
Sincerely,Nan Bartholomew
Response – The Richmond cam site states that the system is down. Technicians have been on site all day working to get the cam back up as soon as possible.

At what age do the “sounds or voice” of a juvenile bald eagle start to change? I have researched and have not been able to find an answer. Thank you.
Response – Their voice has changed by the time they fledge.

How do I order the eagle calendar for 2013? Is it on sale yet??
Response – Yes, 2013 calendar is available at this web site – http://wildlifecenter.org/news_events/news/2013-garden-eagles-calendar

Dear Researchers,

We spotted this TAGGED Lappet faced Vulture at Klein Namatomi, Etosha on 01Jan14 at 14h15. Tag # E288
Please share with the relevant research groups.
Good luck with your research.

S Greybe


Wish I knew that people were tracking the Norfolk Bals eagles. The young ones have been out behind our home on and off for a year now, the larger one is no longer “protecting” or hunting with them. We have been blessed to see them gain their white heads and even catch fish in the water behind our home. If anyone wants to keep track of them, met me know how to post and I will gladly add pictures and such as I see them.

Y. Greenside
Chesapeake, VA
Off the Inner-Coastal Waterway

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