In a patch of sky above Pennsylvania, a golden eagle moves languidly, never flapping but passing quickly as it cruises southward on a cushion of air. It is migrating to its wintering grounds after a season of breeding in Quebec. As part of a team studying eagles on a daily basisa project supported by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), West Virginia University, and other partnerswe never tire of watching these iconic birds soar. The fall migration is especially notable here in the central Appalachians, where golden eagles often migrate at low altitudes, close to those of us who watch them from atop the region's long linear ridges.
Katzner, Todd; Miller, Tricia; Stoleson, Scott. 2014. Quest for safer skies: Modeling golden eagles and wind energy to reduce turbine risk. The Wildlife Professional. 8(3): 28-31.