Comparing Individual Eagle Migrations

Part 2: NY Nestling Bald Eagles
(see Part 1: Adult Bald Eagles)

What generalizations can you make about nestling Bald eagle migration, based on one spring's observations? Follow the trail and the timing of each nestling eagle's migration. Then write your own scientific paper or have a scientific meeting in your classroom, based on the nestling eagle research you have witnessed. (Link to Migration Data Archives for clues about previous year's migrations.)

NY Nestling Eagles

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* Farthest Distance Traveled from Nest Site
Date Departed            
# Days Migrating            
Average Miles/Day Traveled            

* Distances traveled by each eagle are measured as the straight line distance between their nest and the furthest distance from their nest. The actual migration route, and thus the distance actually traveled, is likely to be longer.

  • In addition to finding the information needed about each eagle for the chart above, look at the path each eagle took. Was it a direct "bee-line" to the nest, or did the eagle travel an indirect route and/or move in stages?
  • Describe any similarities you noticed between the eagles.
  • Describe any differences you noticed.
  • Describe any similarities between groups of eagles. (For example, nestlings from nests in the same part of New York, traveling in the same direction, or traveling long or short distances.)
  • What questions were raised by your observations?
  • What general patterns did you observe? What generalizations can you make about young eagles' migrations, based on this spring's observations?