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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Michigan DNRE asking drivers to watch out for bald eagles

Haliaeetus leucocephalus5Image via WikipediaThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment are warning Michigan drivers to use caution this holiday travel season and keep an eye out for bald eagles.

Bald eagle mortality due to motor vehicle accidents is on the rise in Michigan.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment are warning Michigan drivers to use caution this holiday travel season and keep an eye out for the rare birds.

Bald eagles have been seen more frequently along roadways and as a result, the mortality rate due to vehicular trauma has gone up in the last six years.

Bald eagleImage via Wikipedia
Car accidents accounted for 774 bald eagle deaths in 2008, or 29 percent.

The DNRE says eagles are feeding on road kill, so drivers should slow down when they see a dead animal alongside the road in case a bald eagle is nearby.

The bald eagle recovered enough in number to be taken off the endangered species list in 2007.

To report a live or dead eagle on the ground or scavenging on road kill in Michigan, click HERE. This information will help biologists determine where management action is most needed to reduce future eagle deaths.
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2 comments:

Mike B. said...

It is horrible to hear of bald eagles being hit by cars. I suppose the only silver lining is that they have recovered sufficiently that this is even a problem.

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

It is a tragedy that can be avoided. Several hawks and eagles are hit by vehicles each year because they descend on road kill and then have a hard time taking off when their bellies are full.

People often don't slow down because they think they will just fly off like ravens. But eagles are not used to having enemies, so they just face off whoever is approaching.

So remember to drive safe!

Thanks for the comment, Sarah