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      ALBERTA EAGLES


(Golden - Aquila chrysaetos)
(Bald - Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

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Best spots to see eagles include Vermilion Lakes near Banff, Waterton Lakes, Talbot Lake, Columbia Icefields area and the Bow Valley

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The great migration

A startling discovery was made a few years ago. Eagle populations would come and go but no one knew where or how, until 1992. A naturalist discovered that twice a year thousands of eagles migrate over a slim corridor in southern Alberta's Rockies. The flight path is only a half mile wide and is the only known major migratory sight in the world for eagles. They travel hundreds of miles each day and, with the help of geo-thermal lifts can "rise and glide" for enormous distances. The females are the better flyers and have to wait for the males to catch up from time to time.



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Few birds inspire man
the way eagles do.


Confident, fast, deadly and gracefully beautiful they glide over us as commanders of the skies.


The Canadian Rockies are home to two species, the bald eagle and the golden eagle. A little known fact about eagles is that they are not too proud to scavenge. A good percentage of thier diet is derived from the kills/finds of other predators. Why work when you don't have to, eh? Eagles mate for life and can live four decades.


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Bald Eagles are the larger of the two with considerable wingspans. They are less common than the golden. Other than stealing meals they feed on rabbits, squirrels, fish and waterfowl.


Golden Eagles can have wingspans greater than 6 feet and are completely feathered, including their legs. They are more at home in Alberta as they prefer alpine areas and you can see them soaring over lofty peaks and valleys.

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