November 23, 2020: Eaglet airmail!
Thanks for the airmail, eaglets! Can we still call D27 an eaglet? She is a little over three years old right now and is spending her time in a valley system just a few miles south of her natal nest. We keep wondering if she’ll cross paths with sibling D36, but the two haven’t been especially close so far. D36 continues to hang south, moving his foraging area from the Turkey River to the Volga River: also a popular spot for D1 and D27, although D27 hasn’t visited yet this year. We’ll see what happens once ice begins to seal things over!
While D27 and D36 are spending time in Iowa, D35 continues to explore the Elk River area of east central Minnesota. None of the eagles we’ve tracked so far have spent time here, although D27’s first southbound migration (2018) tracked just a little east of here. Her migration became more direct and tracked even farther east in subsequent years.
Stay fierce and fly high, eaglets! We’re wishing you all the fish your crops can hold this Thanksgiving! A thousand thanks to Brett Mandernack and the staff of Eagle Valley for sharing their maps and expertise with us. To explore the travel of any of the eagles we’ve tracked, visit our interactive maps at https://www.raptorresource.org/learning-tools/eagle-map/