He and Stokes are part of projects to trap golden eagles in Georgia, fit them with transmitters and track their migration routes and habitat use in the eastern U.S.
Three birds from Georgia are currently being tracked. One was trapped last month at a Chattahoochee forest site near Dalton. The other two were trapped in a rugged area near Sprewell Bluff State Park on the Flint River in Middle Georgia.
The Georgia birds are part of a small population of eastern golden eagles distinct from the more abundant western populations. Nationwide, however, the birds’ numbers are declining.
Unlike bald eagles, which stay close to open water and feed more on fish, golden eagles — almost entirely chocolate-colored in adulthood — favor open, mountainous forests and a diet of land animals.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be full on Sunday. Venus is low in the west at dusk. Mars is in the west at dusk and sets about three hours later. Jupiter rises out of the east before midnight and will appear near the moon on Tuesday night. Saturn rises out of the east about three hours before dawn.