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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:26 PM

More Sad News About the Decorah Eaglets

Posting this in GD because of the large number of us who have watched the eagle-cam on ustream.

The following message was posted on Raptor Resource Project's Facebook page today. When you click on link, a box will pop up asking you to login or join Facebook. Just close that box and you'll be able to see their page without having an account on FB.

No copyright issues here, so posting their announcement in its entirety. Original post located here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raptor-Resource-Project/103786266324668?sk=wall

D14 is the eaglet from this year's clutch who had been fitted with a GPS transmitter.

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~ D14 Announcement ~

We are sorry to announce that Bob Anderson found D14 dead yesterday near Rockford, Iowa. D14, a 2012 hatch year bald eagle from Decorah, Iowa, was electrocuted after landing or trying to land on a power pole. Bob immediately notified the utility company. D14's body will be sent to the National Eagle Repository, where his feathers and other parts will be distributed for use in Native American religious ceremonies. Bob and Brett Mandernack did a close examination of D14's body. He was healthy and butterball fat. There were no signs of wear from the transmitter or backpack.

How common is electrocution? A federal study done in the 1990s identified impact injuries, poisoning, gunshot, and electrocution as the top four sources of bald eagle mortality. We haven't seen it in Decorah until this year, but D14's transmitter was the only reason we were able to follow him after he left the nest. New poles commonly have bird safety devices since bird electrocutions are not only tragic, but can cause fires and power supply disruptions. However, many old poles remain and safety devices don't always work. It's been known since the 1920s that power lines and poles can present a danger to birds. As Bald eagle (and presumably other large bird) populations expand, more electrocutions may happen.

D12, a sibling of D14, was electrocuted earlier this year. A group calling themselves The Memorial for D12 Facebook Group (aka The Raptor Nation) responded by working with Alliant Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Decorah High School, and Decorah Building Supply to develop and fit bird-safe perches for the hatchery. I have a blog post and links about that here: http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/2012/11/bird-safe-power-poles.html.

If you'd like to initiate a perch project in your area, please talk with your local power company. The following links provide wonderful sources of information:

Avian Power Line Interaction Committee: http://www.aplic.org/
D12 Memorial Group story: http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/2012/11/bird-safe-power-poles.html
Avian Protection Devices: http://www.srpnet.com/environment/aviandiagram.aspx
D12 Perches: http://www.flickr.com/photos/68092929@N03/8203641600/

All raptors - all wild animals - face myriad dangers in their lives. It is easy to forget that watching and tracking them doesn't protect them. We'll miss following D14.

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niyad Nov 2012 #1
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Rowdyboy Nov 2012 #5

Response to Autumn Colors (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:35 PM

1. thank you for posting this--I was just thinking about them the other day, but forgot to check in

this is very sad indeed

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Response to Autumn Colors (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:51 PM

2. DAMN, DAMN, DAMN!



I watched these birds grow up and mature little by little...from an egg to a full grown beautiful Eagle... every day for hours and hours. It was hard enough to lose D12 to electrocution and now D14!!!!! most everyone's favorite is gone too. I felt so close to him...I can't believe he's gone.

My stomach is turning. I'm so sad and so upset.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:46 PM

4. I know :(

D14 was quite the little character. A very distinctive personality (often reminded me of E3 from the 2011 clutch).

I often wonder whatever became of E1 and E3 from 2011. We'll never know, but I prefer to think of them alive and flying around (and would like to think that E1 and D1/E2 have met up since fledging). Wishful thinking, I know.

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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:52 PM

3. Sad story. Man is the biggest enemy of the big birds.

We had a pair of Goldens living in one of our vineyards. They were together for years until maybe four weeks ago when the female disappeared.

I saw the male the other day, flying in hunting circles and calling. The birds never call when they are flying in those patterns. He had to be looking for her.

I love those birds.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:50 AM

5. What sad news...saw the brood off and on for weeks.....

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