TWRA seeking assistance in 2011 bald eagle nest survey
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:04 pm
NASHVILLE — Scott Somershoe, ornithologist for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has announced the agency is looking for bald eagle nests across Tennessee in 2011.
TWRA, in partnership with other government agencies and private citizens, has been monitoring bald eagle nests across the state for many years; however, there are gaps in monitoring as birds have moved nests and many new nests are appearing annually.
Somershoe says it is the aim to conduct a complete inventory of eagle nests in the state in 2011. The goal of the project is to document all active nesting locations in the state as part of a comprehensive nest monitoring program to estimate population size and growth for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
New eagle nests are showing up across the state, including one within the city limits of Franklin, and there are many other nests that may have been around for years that are not included in the statewide database.
Anyone with questions, or those who know of any nests, may contact Somershoe at (615) 781-6653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In related news, this is the busiest time of the year at Reelfoot Lake, due to the wintering American Bald Eagles.
The state park staff offers wildlife programs every Friday night at 7 at the Reelfoot Lake Visitors Center and eagle tours are offered daily at 10 a.m. through the end of this month.
For additional information about the programs or the daily eagle tours, contact the Reelfoot Lake Visitors Center at (731) 253-9652.
Published in The Messenger 2.8.11