Wildlife workers and volunteers will have their eyes on the skies this weekend as they tally and report bald eagle sightings in Iowa and across the country.
The Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey counted over 3,000 bald eagles in Iowa last year. Stephanie Shepherd, a wildlife diversity biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said the highest concentration of eagles is normally found along the Mississippi River, but populations shifted to the Des Moines River in 2010 and 2011, and then back to the Mississippi in 2012.
“The bald eagle is really a fascinating bird,” said Shepherd. “It gives us, a kind of hope, with its population recovery. It is a success story. It shows up now in places we never expected eagles to be. They are also a lot of fun to watch and listen to, with their social behavior in the winter.”
For more information, read the full press release by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.