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Eagle's Death Highlights the Danger of Power Lines to Migratory Birds

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One of the famous Decorah eagles, a juvenile known as Four, died as a result of electrocution last week. 

The bald eagle is starting to nest in very close proximity to people, and people have power poles. Those are bad boogeymen for bald eagles. - Bob Anderson

  “The bald eagle is starting to nest in very close proximity to people, and people have power poles, distribution poles and transmission lines close to us,” Anderson said. “Those are bad boogeymen for bald eagles.”

Iowan’s responses to Decorah’s eagles have been passionate from the beginning, and many have watched the eagles grow up.

“People are emotionally involved,” Anderson explains. “After watching bird cam for 50 hours or 500 hours, you take on a sense of ownership. Our Decorah eagles are ‘owned’ by a lot of people.”

On this Wildlife Day edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease and Executive Director of the Raptor Research Project Bob Anderson about the threat of power lines to migratory birds.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Dennis Reese is the mid-day host for Iowa Public Radio.
Lindsey Moon is IPR's Digital Producer