With last week’s kickoff of the annual Eagle Festival sponsored by the Massachusetts Audobon society, locals should be on the look out for these magnificent creatures. Every year, Bald Eagles take to the Merrimack River basin, which provides a rich feeding habitat due to the river’s natural ice-free state.
The Plum Island river basin and ajoining estuary is prime terrain for both nesting and feeding. Keep a look out for both male and female bald eagles, the latter which are primarily all brownish-black. At the top of the food chain, and quite large, the female can measure up to 37 inches, with a wingspan of up to 90 inches. Males are slightly smaller with a body length of up to 34 inches and a wingspan between 72-85 inches.
While your out looking for the eagle, be reminded that although the American Bald Eagle was taken off the endangered species list in 2007, it is still protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
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