Amenia/Tufts Golden Eagle
In late winter 2011 a golden eagle was found by snowmobilers not far from Amenia NY. The bird, a female, was injured and not able to fly. After a long journey from Sharon Audubon to Tufts University, the eagle was nursed back to health. On the 27th of March 2011, we outfitted the bird with a telemetry unit to track its movements and on Monday the 28th, we released the bird at an overlook at Mohawk State Forest in western Connecticut.
This remarkable eagle spent about 2 weeks hanging out in the Amenia NY region and then began its long migration to summer breeding grounds. The last transmission we heard from the eagle's telemetry unit was on the 18th of April 2011, as it headed north into Canada.
All winter biologists from WVU, from Tufts and from managment agencies were waiting for the bird to return. Finally, on the 28th of February 2012, the eagle sent a year's worth of data to our servers. We now know exactly where this bird spent the summer (on breeding grounds near the border of Quebec and Labrador), how she got to that site, and when she left summer grounds to head south. We also have figured out that she returned to the same NY/CT/MA region this winter that she used last year.
As of 19 March 2012, our eagle has started its northbound spring migration, most likely to its same summer grounds where it bred last year.