YOU CAN HELP
Community members can sponsor one of the center’s education birds for themselves or as a holiday gift. For $25, sponsors receive a certificate, color brochure about the bird they’re sponsoring and a 5-by-7-inch photograph of the bird. All funds support the sponsored bird’s care, and treatment of injured wildlife.
If hunters have extra unmixed venison during hunting season, the center can use it to supplement the diet of raptors for which they care. Hides can be taken to Ridge Road Taxidermy, 16825 Ridge Road, Meadville.
Hunters are asked to bury any portions of an animal containing the ammunition used in order to prevent unintentional lead poisoning of eagles who might eat the remains.
Eagle population soaring
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has estimated more than 217 bald eagle nests residing in state woodland areas since 2011 — led by Crawford County with at least 19 active nests.
With most nesting pairs producing eaglets, the upward trend of Pennsylvania’s bald eagle population, though still in a “threatened” state, is projected to continue.
Crawford County is considered by many observers to be the salvation of the state’s bald eagle population. For decades after World War II, the Geneva swamp area hosted the only nest in the state. Eaglets were occasionally removed from that nest for relocation, and others moved away on their own. The propagation efforts of the local nest were carefully protected by state officials. The statewide population growth began in the 1980s and continues to prosper. Top counties besides Crawford, based on a 2010 report, are Pike 19, Lancaster 18, York 10, Erie 8, Northumberland 8, Mercer 7, Tioga 6 and Warren 5.
Konstantine Fekos can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at email@example.com.