Eagles Take Flight
Bald eagles are prevalent in the state during the winter months, particularly in places with flowing water so they can find fish. It's a joy for us to have ponds here on the property because we get to see them quite often. The ponds flow into the creek, so there is a constant source of food for them here.
Here are just a few neat facts about bald eagles:
* They live 20-30 years and mate for life.
* They fly south from Canada for the winter, arriving in Iowa in September. They grow in numbers until January.
* They roost close to their food source, returning to the same places year after year.
* Their nests are added to each year and can be as large as 7 feet wide and 10 feet deep.
* They cannot tolerate human contact of any kind while nesting with their eaglets.
If you see injured or dead eagles, contact the IDNR immediately. You can visit iowadnr.com/wildlife/ diversity/report_eagles.html for more information.