The golden eagle that was banded and fitted with a GPS transmitter Nov. 12 at Hawk Ridge continues his southward migration. On Nov. 13, he was in Douglas Coonty, Wisconsin, about 8 miles south of Superior. On Nov. 15, he continued his southbound journey and moved into Rusk County, Wisconsin. From Nov. 16 to 22 he has been using an area west and south of Ladysmith, Wis.
The GPS unit he’s carrying records his location every hour during daylight hours. Every three days, the information is uploaded to a satellite and e-mailed to Mark Martell of Audubon Minnesota, who provides updates.
The golden eagle is just one of 11 to have been trapped and banded at Hawk Ridge in more than 30 years. The transmitter is expected to operate for five to seven years, enabling researchers to learn more about the areas of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin where some golden eagles winter.
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