Spark Bird: Rodney Stotts on Bringing Eagles Again to DC
Written by Conor Gearin
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Rodney Stotts is a grasp falconer who teaches folks of all ages about raptors. Certainly one of his first experiences in conservation was serving to clear up the Anacostia River, which runs by Washington, DC. Within the early 90s, the river lacked a vital a part of its ecosystem: Bald Eagles.
Rodney Stotts: There have been no nesting pairs of Bald Eagles alongside the Anacostia, the Chesapeake, and the Potomac principally.
As a part of the Earth Conservation Corps, Rodney helped handle eagle chicks despatched from Wisconsin, the place the species was extra plentiful. The group constructed a synthetic nest for the chicks and launched them as soon as they grew to grownup dimension.
[Bald Eagle juvenile calls, ML 42555, 0:08-0:11]
Rodney Stotts: So then we began seeing, perhaps 2-3 years later, nesting pairs alongside the Anacostia. After which from that time on it simply exploded. So now there’s a minimum of about 6-7 nesting pairs from the Anacostia out to the Potomac. For me it was thrilling; it was extra thrilling to have one thing that different folks will get to get pleasure from. I do know that future generations will get to see one thing that I virtually didn’t get to see.
[Bald Eagle call, ML 41093751, 0:25-0:26]
Study extra in Rodney’s new guide with Kate Pipkin, Bird Brother: A Falconer’s Journey and the Therapeutic Energy of Wildlife.
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Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Bald Eagle ML 42555 recorded by G. Budney, and Bald Eagle ML 41093751 recorded by P. Marvin.
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© 2022 BirdNote March 2022 Narrator: Ariana Remmel
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