D27 moves north!
Thanks for the postcard, D27! D27 has exchanged the sweltering temperatures of the midwest for the cooler breezes and pine woods of Ontario! This is the furthest north she’s ever traveled! Will she go to Polar Bear Park like D1 did? Her path is just a little bit west of D1’s, but the two of them are traveling in the same neck of the woods, roughly speaking.
I checked out her location on our interactive maps and Google Earth. With all of the north woods open to her, D27 is in a relatively habited place! She appears to be located in or very near the territory of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, less than a mile from an airstrip and not far from a golf course, a casino, and some really excellent camping and fishing opportunities. I find this quite fascinating given that D1 also found signs of human habitation in a remote area. Long-time followers might recall that she spent time at the long-abandoned mid-Canada line stations near Polar Bear Park. Do our eagles seek out signs of human habitation because they are imprinted on them, or do these places provide potential sources of food and (in the case of the mid-Canada line) perches? Click each map for a larger image.
D1 and D27 in Canada
D27’s map also shows classic northern territory: lovely open muskeg, too many lakes to count, and rolling stretches of pine forest. We’re glad she’s spreading her wings and we can hardly wait to see where she goes next. Fly high, D27!
If you’d like a closer look at D27’s location, visit our interactive maps: https://www.raptorresource.org/learning-tools/eagle-map/. A million thanks to Brett Mandernack and the staff of Eagle Valley for sharing their research with us.