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July 7, 2014

This eagle underwent successful treatment and rehabilitation for her extensive injuries and was released in Minnesota on June 27 with a new transmitter so we can continue to monitor her movements. Our thanks to the people at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota for their hard work and success at restoring her to the wild!

February 6, 2014

Recovery is going well and the eagle has been moved into a flight room, although it will still be some time before enclosed, outdoor test flights can take place.

December 20, 2013

The surious injuries sustained by this eagle have led to a long recovery period. Surgical stabilization of the fractures has been successful so far, and the healing progress has been slow but good. If the eagle does heal to the point of being releasable again, it will still be a few months before its release could take place.

October 21, 2013

On Thursday, October 17 we received a call from The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. They had received an injured eagle wearing both a numbered federal leg band and a satellite tracker. Because the partial government shutdown had ended just that morning, they were able to track the band number through the national Bird Banding Laboratory and found that it had been banded in Oklahoma. The co-founder and Director Emeritus of The Raptor Center, Dr. Patrick Redig, knows the Sutton Center’s Executive Director, and suspected that the bird might be one that we banded. Their phone call confirmed this. This eagle was banded by us on April 16, 2012 in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, and is known as the Jackson Bay female on our eagle tracking website (http://www.suttoncenter.org/pages/eagle_tracking).  It had been found injured in a roadside ditch along Highway 68 near Cambria, MN. An examination by Dr. Redig revealed a broken leg and pelvis. Surgery was undertaken to stabilize these injuries, and initial reports are encouraging, although we are awaiting further developments as we continue to hope that the healing process will proceed successfully. While we do not know exactly what happened to this bird, the injuries it sustained and the location where it was found suggest that it was struck by a vehicle, perhaps as it was scavenging a road-killed animal.

The tracking data available on our website shows that as recently as October 4, this eagle was north of Beaver Creek Provincial Park in Manitoba. By October 8, it had moved south to near Bemidji, MN, and seemed to be establishing a southward movement pattern as would be expected for this season when eagles move south from Canada and the northern U.S. with the onset of fall and winter. After leaving its nest in the summer of 2012, this bird spend much of its first summer in Minnesota before moving south through Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma during September, October, and November of 2012.

It is disappointing to learn of the tragedies that can befall eagles, especially when it is an eagle that we have been involved in monitoring. The Sutton Center’s Bald Eagle nest camera and eagle tracking projects make it possible to see and understand the many challenges faced by eagles and other wildlife, and it is our hope that these opportunities, while sometimes difficult to watch, will increase both public awareness of problems and the development of much needed passion for conservation.



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About This Project

Welcome to the Sutton Center's Bald Eagle tracking page. Here you can follow, along with us, the travels of Bald Eagles hatched in Oklahoma. These include a male and female eagle hatched in Sand Springs, Oklahoma in 2010, a male eagle hatched at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in 2011, two sibling eaglets hatched in 2011 at what we are calling the Turnpike Nest, and another female at a nest we call Sooner Nest D. We are using the latest GPS satellite tracking technology to follow the movements of these young birds for what we hope will be several years. Where will they go? When will they return? We hope to answer these questions and more. Over 20 years ago we tracked a young Oklahoma Bald Eagle to Canada during the summer, always having to stay in range of the relatively short distance transmitters that were available then. Now satellites can do most of the work and you can view our updated maps daily. For much more information about this project, click on the Eagle Tracking Information link to the left.

How To Use The Maps

To use this page, select an eagle to track using the drop-down menu above the map. This will load a map showing tracking locations for that eagle. To reduce the clutter on the maps, a maximum of about three months of eagle locations are shown on a single map. Current maps and older archived maps are available for each eagle. You can click and drag the map with your mouse to pan (move it around), and you can zoom in or out using the + and - controls on the left side of the map. Clicking on a red location balloon will provide the distance traveled since the previous location. Clicking on the Satellite button on the map brings up a photographic view instead of the map view. Try it!

We will occasionally add some comments about each eagle's movements below each map. We will update the tracking locations regularly to show representative movements of the eagles. While each mapped point location is intended to provide an accurate depiction of an eagle's position at a specific time on the date specified, the red connecting lines do not indicate actual flight paths. The lines are shown only to indicate a general direction of travel between each set of points.

Please note that because of the way we receive the tracking data from the satellites, mapped locations will always be at least 1 week behind real time.