Photo: MN DNR.
Photo: MN DNR.
Updated: July 04, 2020 01:13 PM
Created: July 04, 2020 01:11 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said that one of the eagles born to a nesting couple this year was found dead.
MN DNR officials say that E1 passed away after flying into a power line and was found dead. They said no one saw the tragic event. One of the DNR photographers who monitors the nest reported the chick's death. E1 was found hanging from a nearby power structure. Staff contacted Xcel Energy, who immediately responded and had a crew on site to retrieve the chick, which was identified as E1.
E1's wing caught a loop and she was found hanging. It was determined that she was not electrocuted. It appears she hit the line and likely died on impact It happened sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. yesterday, July 3.
The mortality rate of eagle chicks during the first year of life is greater than 50%. Survival after the first year is much higher.
DNR says because Minnesota's eagle population is healthy, there is a higher percentage of eagle mortality. It is difficult to see mortality as a positive thing, but it does mean that our population as a whole is healthy.
They hope that E2 will continue to thrive and survive until adulthood. DNR also says there is no way to protect birds from all of the environmental hazards, but escaping them will result in a stronger individual.
Thomas Demma captured this beautiful image E1 right after fledge.
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