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Eagle Banding 2002
It’s Twins

In the spring of 2002, Gratiot Lake bald eagles again bred successfully. Two, eight week old eaglets, a male and a female, were banded by Joe Papp in the beginning of July.

The larger of the two was the female weighing in at 9 lbs 13 oz. The smaller male was feisty. He pecked at Joe Papp and was too fidgety to hold. He spent some time in “time out,” standing in some bushes waiting to be returned to the nest.

Jacob and Elijah Mitchell and Rachel McPherson enjoyed holding the more docile female. After weeks of squaking to be fed, the eaglets successfully fledged in the fourth week of July.

Several short slideshows follow. They require QuickTime and may take a while to load unless you have a fast connection.

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Below are links to a one and a half minute video of the eaglets during the banding. The full video of the event can be requested from Bonnie Hay at director@gratiotlakeconservancy.org

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Eaglet Banding 2002
(Small: 1.5 min)
1 MB

Eaglet Banding 2002
(Medium: 1.5 min)
13 MB

Contact GLC Program Director: director@gratiotlakeconservancy.org
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