Tuesday, July 05, 2016

It's Another Boy

July 5 2016~ Second Tracking Transmitter Application
Raptor Resource Project (RRP) would like to announce the successful banding, transmitter application, and release of the juvenile Decorah Bald Eagle known as D25.
This morning at 5:45AM, RRP Board Members Brett Mandernack (of Eagle Valley Nature Preserve) and David Lynch, and Carole Mandernack (from Eagle Valley Nature Preserve) and Ryan Schmitz (wildlife technician from Eagle Valley Nature Preserve), captured D25 for the p...urpose of applying a GPS tracking transmitter and leg band. D25 was found to be in great health, and was determined to be a male (using measurements of the beak, tarsus, and hallux talon) with a weight of approximately 7.5 pounds. The capture process went very smoothly and D25 was released back at the Decorah Fish Hatchery at approximately 7:00AM.
Both D24 and D25 were observed riding the thermals above the Decorah Eagles nests several times this afternoon, and were joined by one of the adults around noon. The process used to capture D25 was the same used for his sibling D24 on June 30, 2016, resulting in a quick and safe capture.
D25 will now join D24 in the Eagle Valley Nature Preserve Bald Eagle migration and travel study that has been ongoing since 1999, providing valuable data that will help ensure the preservation of Bald Eagles within the Mississippi Valley flyway, and other areas.
We would like to thank all of the RRP fans for their support and we look forward to learning more about the travels of D25 along with you!
David Lynch
Raptor Resource Project, Board of Directors
Pictured: (L-R) David Lynch, Brett Mandernack with D25, Carole Mandernack, Ryan Schmitz
Photo courtesy of Glenn Miller of Miller Photography
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