Learn about bald eagles at free White Mountains workshop

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July 9th, 2008

Learn about bald eagles at free White Mountains workshop

Would you like to know more about one of our great symbols of national pride – the bald eagle? Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists will conduct an educational seminar on bald eagle natural history at the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest’s Big Lake Visitor Center on Saturday, July 19, beginning at 10 a.m. The workshop is free to the public.

The program will consist of a classroom presentation, including discussion of bald eagle life history, behavior patterns, and current status in Arizona and North America. This will be followed by an optional field trip to possibly observe eagle behavior first-hand if one is present nearby. Participants are advised to dress appropriately for weather conditions that day, and to bring a set of binoculars or a spotting scope for improved observation.

“Most of Arizona’s bald eagles are snowbirds,” says Bruce Sitko, information and education program manager in the Game and Fish Pinetop office. “They move down from the north in December, are commonly seen perched at White Mountain lakes and reservoirs in January and February, and begin moving back north by March.”

Mid-winter surveys estimate an average of 325 eagles statewide, but that number has been improving in recent years. The number of nesting pairs in Arizona has also been rising.

There are perhaps 40,000 bald eagles in Canada and Alaska. Sitko encourages anyone interested in learning more about Arizona’s bald eagles to attend this informative seminar.

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