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|Northern Channel Islands Update; Wednesday, November 1, 2006|
|Topic Started: Apr 29 2008, 05:01 PM (261 Views)|
|eaglegal||Apr 29 2008, 05:01 PM Post #1|
Wednesday update time again! Quite a bit has happened over the past week. It was a bit of a surprise for us to have the webcam turned off, so we had to make some quick plans to get buy without it for a while. We’re looking into getting a digital video recorder that we can have running full time at the nest. We’ll then be able to collect the video once a week and edit it for highlights to post on the web. We’re still planning on getting it live on the web for nesting season though. We have a meeting planned for November 15th with the Montrose trustees, and I’m sure the webcam will be on the agenda. We’ll make sure to fill you all in on any decisions that are made that day.
As for the birds, we’ve had a bit of movement between the islands, but the majority are where we left them last week. A-49 is still on Santa Rosa, along with at least 17 other birds. I say ‘at least’, because we are currently tracking 18 eagles on that island, but we undoubtedly have several more over there without radio or GPS telemetry units. If we start counting the birds that we’ve seen in the past few months, I would guess the number is somewhere in the 22-25 range.
We actually just had one of our older birds make the trip to Rosa for the first time last week. A-29, released in 2004, had never left Santa Cruz island until this recent trip to Santa Rosa. We were starting to wonder if she was afraid of flying over the water….if she was, I guess she got over it.
Only 2 bird are still on San Miguel (A-59 and A-55), and 1 lonely bird is here on Santa Cruz (A-40). A-40 just flew over here this week, maybe to get away from the crowd on Rosa.
A-39 and A-46 are still in British Columbia, although they both have started to head a little bit south over the last week. It’s probably starting to get a bit cold up there.
Well, that about covers the birds we’re currently tracking. We also got an email this week about A-32 (2004 release) being spotted on Lake Cachuma. This is good news, since we stopped getting satellite data from her earlier this year.
I’ve got one more bit of news. We’ve been working on a blog site for the project. It’s a place for us to put photos and video, along with updates of our activities on the islands. It’s a bit of a work in progress right now, but I was able to get some older pictures and video on there. We’ll be adding more content as we get it, so check it out and let me know what you think.
I’ll talk to you all later.
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