Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bald Eagle Sightings in the Gorge


Photos taken by River Gorge Explorer deckhand Ron Smith.
Tennessee Aquarium naturalist John Dever had a great time aboard the River Gorge Explorer recently. Passengers were treated to excellent bald eagle viewing on Sunday.
Here's some of the information John shared with everyone aboard that cruise: "This pair of bald eagles has been nesting in the area for about five years now. The nest has been a successful one with one to two chicks raised each of the past three summers. They are one of around 140 nesting pairs across the state where they are supported by the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers in the eastern and western parts of the state. Because of the overuse of DDT, Tennessee recorded no nesting pairs between 1961 and 1983. Their recovery and reintroduction is a great conservation story in Tennessee."
Thanks for the update and pictures John!

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