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6 June 2015 – first molt

Now is the time for birds of many species to be molting out old feathers and growing in new feathers. Raptors molt one or two feathers at a time so that they can still fly and hunt. This is different from many waterfowl that drop all the flight feathers shortly after nesting, this keeps the

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Loess Hills Prairie Seminar Release

SOAR has been a part of the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar (LHPS) for many years, educating attendees about the importance of quality habitat for raptors and also natural history and biology of a raptor that can be found in the Loess Hills. Tyler talked with participants on 31 May 2015. If possible, SOAR also releases

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Raptor viewing etiquette

We should all observe good raptor viewing etiquette, not only during the nesting season, but also during migration and the winter months when many raptors will gather together in good hunting areas. Remember that raptors are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and bald and golden eagles have additional protections under the Bald and

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5 May 2015 – anklets

Shortly after the first pair of anklets were put on Decorah… Kay realized just how much smaller he is than Thora. The anklets were too big for him and would have been dangerous for Kay to work on fist training. On the plus side, just having anklets on was still training for Decorah. With the

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7 April 2015 – first anklets

Today was a big day in this young eagle’s life. We’ve been so busy, none of us realized that today was the one-year anniversary of Decorah’s hatch. Seldom do we know this much about our education birds. In addition, Terrie was at SOAR working on her “eagle hours.” (See the start of this training info

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8 March 2015 – molt, now?

Tail feathers… January through March is not the time of year that birds should be molting feathers. In February, Decorah had five new tail feathers growing. The feathers grew about half-way in and then the blood supply to the feather dried up and the feather dropped out of the follicle. A blood supply to the

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