We had a wonderful community effort for the 2019 Winter Bald Eagle Survey this year! We received more than 90 email reports of eagle sightings during the two week reporting period. Two Golden Ealges were also seen during the survey period - a new record!
Thanks to everyone for getting out there in the cold and snow to seek out the eagles. Thanks, too, for spreading the word far and wide about the survey. We had more than 420 people share our news story online. Who knows how many people shared it via good old fashioned word of mouth?
Margaret Fowle is in the process of tallyling the reports and analyzing the data. Since 1979, volunteers have been counting wintering Bald Eagles in early January on non-overlapping standard routes in 43 states, most of which have seen steadily increasing populations since the count began. Vermont has 15 standard survey routes, and also covers several additional Bald Eagle "hotspots" throughout the state.
Thanks again for your help with this survey of one of Vermont's iconic endangered species. For more information on Bald Eagle recovery in Vermont visit: http://vt.audubon.org/eagle