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PHOENIX May 10, 2004 — People can look on the Internet to follow the movements of an eaglet rescued in February by the Arizona Game and Fish Department when it was just an egg. Today, bald eagle biologists with the department went to an area just north of Horseshoe Lake and fitted the fostered nestling with a satellite transmitter. This particular nestling was one of two eggs rescued in February, when their male parent was found severely injured near a recreation area along the lower Salt River. The eggs were taken to Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation in Scottsdale, where they hatched in March.


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<img src="http://www.azbasszone.com/html/eaglet_thumb2.jpg" border="2">
<b>A bald eagle nestling that hatched from a rescued egg.</b></center>

While the other eaglet did not survive, this nestling was placed into a nest with a foster family on April 12.

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<b>James Driscoll, who heads the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s bald eagle management program, poses for a photo with the 5-week-old eaglet and Jan Miller from Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation, the facility where the eaglet hatched.</b></center>
“So far, the eaglet is doing well,” says the head of the department’s bald eagle management program, James Driscoll. “She has been accepted by her foster family and is getting bigger. We expect this nestling, named ‘Sutton,’ to take her first flight in the next three weeks.”

Biologists with the department have fitted several young eagles with satellite transmitters. This allows the scientists to monitor the progress of the juveniles along their migration routes to other parts of the United States. The nestlings spend summers in the northern states, feeding on the trout and salmon spawns. Then, they return to Arizona in the fall.

The public can track the movements of the eaglets by going to the<a class="pn-normal" href="http://www.gf.state.az.us/"> Arizona Game and Fish Department</a> Web site: azgfd.com. Under the “In the Spotlight” section, click on the<a class="pn-normal" href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/swbemc/migrationmaps/migrate_map.html"> “Eagle Migration”</a> link. This shows viewers the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee’s maps of eagles’ migration paths. In about seven weeks, Sutton’s map will be added, when she begins her migration.

“This is a great way for people to learn more about bald eagles,” says Driscoll. “It’s an interactive tool that lets the public get more involved with Arizona’s bald eagle management program.”

Arizona currently has 41 breeding pairs of bald eagles. The Arizona Game and Fish Department has a nest watch program that monitors the progress of these raptors during the breeding season.
 
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