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Salt Plains - Eagle Watch 2005
Southwest Region, January 15, 2005
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The 2005 Eagle Watches were held at Salt Plains NWR. The refuge expanded this event to two weekends this year and both were a success! The first weekend brought 20 visitors out onto snowy roads to see approximately 15 bald eagles, several of which were adults. The second weekend thirty visitors arrived to watch the eagles even though the temperature was 20 degrees.

Visitors had the opportunity to watch a video about bald eagle reintroductions as they waited for the program to begin. Visitors were able to see an eagle up close and personal with the eagle mount borrowed from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The ODWC held a "Winter Birds" workshop at a Watchable Wildlife Area near the refuge prior to the first weekend's eagle watch. Shortly after 3pm, visitors listened to a biology and natural history program about the bald eagle and then they were taken on the birding trailer to the roost site. Despite the temperatures, the weather was great and the bald eagles showed up in singles and couples over a 2 hour period both weekends.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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