Brookhaven, NY - November 24, 2015 - Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) staff continue to monitor the pair of bald eagles along Little Neck Run, a small tributary of the Carmans River. One eaglet successfully fledged from the nest this year. Recent observations of the pair at the nest site prompts this seasonal closure of Little Neck Run to public access. The closure will help to reduce disturbance and help protect the birds and the nest location during this very sensitive time. Once eagles select a nesting territory they tend to use it for the rest of their lives.
Bald eagles reach sexual maturity at five years of age and obtain the characteristic white head and tail. They build large nests in tall trees and prefer undisturbed areas along the shorelines of rivers, marshes and large lakes. In the northern U. S., eagles generally initiate nest building in December - January. Egg laying and incubation (33-35 days) can start in February and chick hatching and rearing takes place in March – May. Eaglets make their first unsteady flights 10-12 weeks after hatching and begin fledging in June – August. Refuge staff will monitor the nest, and plan to re-open Little Neck Run after chick fledging. Bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007, but are still federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. These acts help to ensure the safety of eagles and their parts (feathers, nests and eggs) from hunting, collection, harassment and other harmful actions.
Favorable locations to view eagles and other wildlife exist along the Black Tupelo trail at Indian Landing and at refuge overlooks along the Carmans River, with the use of a spotting scope or binoculars. As always, visitors are reminded to obey closed area boundary signs and to adhere to refuge regulations.
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1947 to preserve habitat for migratory birds. The refuge is located along the Carmans River in Suffolk County, New York, and protects one of the last undeveloped estuaries on Long Island. Refuge management programs have expanded to also include the protection of federally-listed endangered and threatened species, the conservation of native flora and fauna, and the provision of wildlife-dependent public uses. For additional information, please contact us at 631-286-0485 or visit here.
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