Sunday, December 28, 2008

The 2009 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey

The 2009 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey is about to begin again, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is looking for volunteers across the country to participate in the count.

Each January, several hundred individuals count eagles along standard, non-overlapping survey routes. The purpose of the count is to monitor the status of bald eagle wintering populations in the contiguous United States by estimating national and regional count trends, both overall and by age class.

The 2009 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey will be held from Wednesday, Dec. 31 to Wednesday, Jan. 14 with target dates of Jan. 9-10.

For those of you in Tennessee interested in participating, the state coordinator for the survey is Scott Somershoe. He can be reached at or by phone at 615-781-6653.

This is the 30th anniversary of the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. Data is reviewed each year, incorporated into population trend analysis, and updated every five years. It is available at the MBES web site: There you will find population trends for all regions and states, including Tennessee.

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