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  • Challenge Question #10

    Barbara McManus (
    Wed, 7 May 1997 09:46:33 -0400

    Dear Journey North,

    I think I have come up with the answer to challenge question number
    10. I think Peter Nye collected prey from the nests of the Bald Eagles for
    several reasons.

    1). He wanted to see exactly what the mother eagle fed her chick.
    This is important because the type of food might determine how the eaglet
    will grow.

    2). He might be checking for toxins in the fish due to chemicals in
    the Hudson River. This could kill the eaglet or stunt its growth. Even if
    the eaglet got sick, it wouldn't last long, and we would lose the first
    eaglet born near the Hudson in a hundred years.

    Peter Nye did well by his study, and I agree that he should have
    gone up there, even at the expense of the eagles' privacy. Good Luck!!!

    Cody Johnston
    6th Grade, Cape Cod Lighthouse
    Charter School