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Wild Cam: Massive Study Reveals Raptor Ranges

Cara J

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A massive camera trap project is revealing range data on eagles, hawks, vultures and other birds of prey. The AppalachianEagles project has generated over 3 million photos so far from 240 camera traps ranging from Maine to Florida, and west to Michigan and Arkansas. “The fundamental role of this monitoring is just to be able to track what’s out there,” said Todd Katzner, a research wildlife biologist at the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey and a coauthor of a study released recently in the Wildlife Society Bulletin. Many of the camera traps used in the extensive network about raptors and other wildlife were run by volunteers. To get the shots highlighted in the newest Wild Cam photo essay, they would often pick up white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) killed on roads and dump the carcasses at the bait stations. Image Credit: AppalachainEagles.org When the project started, researchers were just trying to track the range of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), said Katzner, who published research earlier this year on tracking the raptors’ migration routes (see related TWS article). But they quickly figured out that the camera traps they set presented an opportunity to look at all [...]


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