21 thoughts on “MAGGIE!

      1. No kidding! Any time you can approach wildlife (safely and not upsetting heir lives) is an amazing experience. One of my fondest memories is of great horned owls inverting in flight in their mating ritual. I was close enough I was afraid I might upset the process. Fortunately, they did mate and raise their annual family. In the same place, I stood directly under pine siskin fledglings in their nest, perhaps two feet away. I don’t recommend that, however, because they will flee the nest when they are that advanced.

      2. Me, too! Of course, that came about mainly because bald eagles were rare here until they rebounded recently (past 10 or so years) and now are much more common. They are nesting along the North, South and joined Platte Rivers in particular in my end of the state.

      3. Environmental degradation – that DDT business and the declining nesting success rate. This area has historically been a breeding area, so, as populations grew after improved environmental conditions, they returned to this historic breeder ground.

      4. DDT made the shells too thin so the mortality shot up! DDT also stays in the soils/environment for a long time.Look at Love Canal.
        Glad to hear their environment is more conducive to breeding.

      5. I recognized some of the chemicals on the list from where I worked in the industrial and hydraulic hose industry. There is some research supporting exposure to these chemicals as a contributor to the onset of Wegener’s granulomatosis in some individuals. I happen to have that disease and was exposed to high concentrations of TCE liquid and fumes, among other solvent, for several years during the first part of my employment in the hose factory.

        Coincidence? It hasn’t been established.

      6. Yes, similar to the field day the asbestos industry provided defense lawyers once the connection to mesothelioma and exposure to asbestos in various situations was made…

  1. I have always thought it was good luck to see an eagle or osprey fly by or overhead with a catch in their talons, it must be double luck to capture those moments to share.

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