VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Update Regarding Banding/Transmitter

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden and WVEC, is providing a rare glimpse into the life of two bald eagles and their offspring!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

“Update Regarding Banding/Transmitter”

The banding of eagles and use of satellite telemetry provides important information about how bald eagles migrate and utilize their environment. The need to gather this information is always balanced by researchers against the level of disturbance such activities entail. To ensure that the well-being of the eagles is the paramount concern, some changes are being made to the banding and transmitter installation procedure scheduled for May 5th. You'll notice far fewer people behind the barricades. Personnel will be limited to the minimum necessary to properly carry out the work. The work will be carried out as quickly as possible, and the birds returned directly to the nest.

Given the level of interest and the increase in the crowd that has attended these events, the exclusion barriers may be temporarily extended outward to help minimize any disturbance to the birds. Every attempt will be made to fully document the entire procedure, and the eagle cam will remain on and provide coverage of the event. All project partners are working together to ensure that the viewing public has an excellent opportunity to see this scientific endeavor. The webcam and other media will provide the best opportunity to view and understand the procedure.