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April 14, 2014

Golden eagles subject of program

The habits of the elusive golden eagle will be the subject of a program Friday in Cooperstown. 

Presented by the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, the program will offer preliminary findings from a study undertaken during the winter to track three of the birds that live in the area during the winter. DOAS Research Coordinator Tom Salo will share information from this winter’s research efforts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Presbyterian Church on Pioneer Street in Cooperstown.

According to a media release from DOAS, Delaware and Otsego counties are an important migration habitat for golden eagles, which are an endangered species in New York. The goals of the study include efforts to learn how this rarely seen species uses the habitats and terrains of the local area, which sees a significant portion of the eastern golden eagle population migrate through each spring and fall. 

The three birds in the study were captured by a licensed trapper and fitted with global positioning software devices that track speed and elevation, and transmit it through cellphone networks. The birds are the first to be trapped in New York as part of a broader effort to track the movements of golden eagles. Data from the three local birds will be shared with researchers at West Virginia University, who have been trapping and tracking golden eagles via GPS since 2006. Information will also be shared with state agencies, and advanced wildlife and biology students at local colleges. 

Following Salo’s talk, Hartwick College interns Zachary German and Jessica Henderson will each make a short presentation on their examination and use of DOAS eagle data.

For more information on the presentation or project, visit or call 965-8232.

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