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Outdoors notebook: Records soar for banded bald eagle

A record-setting eagle survived and thrived in Western New York for 38 years, besting the second-oldest banded bald eagle by some five years.

On June 2 an eagle was found dead along a roadway in Henrietta (Monroe County) near a fresh-killed rabbit. A band on this bird indicated it had been banded as a juvenile (less than a year old) in Seneca County in 1977.

This male bird matured and U.S. Geological Service officials estimated that it bred for 34 years at nesting sites in Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Retired Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife biologist Peter Nye conducted the New York Bald Eagle Restoration Program and found records indicating the bird, with tag number 03142, was one of five released on Aug. 5, 1977 during the second year of the restoration program. Nye believes the longevity of 03142 at a specific breeding site could be another record.

Over the years state and federal programs have succeeded in raising and releasing eagles, a process known as “hacking,” to the extent that today about 350 pairs of nesting bald eagles consider New York State their home. In part, that success is attributed to the national ban on DDT use begun in 1972 and a ban on taking or killing bald eagles under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973.

For more details on the restoration program, visit dec.ny.gov/animals/7068.

Fish pond seminar

Pond owners and landowners pondering pond plans have an informative seminar set for July 29 in Genesee County.

The Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District presents a Summer Fish/Pond Seminar set for 5 p.m. on July 29 at the DeWitt Recreation Area on Cedar Street in Batavia.

A $2 fee covers grilled items, table service and beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass during this pond-side gathering.

The seminar focuses on pond development, management and fish stocking recommendations. To register for this seminar, call the GCS & WCD office at (585) 343-2362.

Youth sportfest camp

East Aurora Fish & Game Club is hosting a NRA Youth Sportsfest Camp at its Luther Road clubhouse on July 25.

Youths ages 12 to 18 can learn from expert NRA-certified instructors and range officers. They can experience first-hand many types of shooting devices, including trap, skeet, small-bore rifle, muzzleloader and archery. An emphasis will be on conservation and on shooting safety with all types of firearms.

Registrations fill fast and a July 19 deadline is set. For more details and to register, call 652-0229.

Turkey, deer and trapping proposals

The DEC is accepting public comments on proposed changes in fall turkey hunting regulations, antlerless deer harvesting and trapping regulation changes that include addition of a fisher trapping season for selected parts of Western New York,

Comments must be submitted by Monday. For details visit dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.

Good shots

Several youth members of Orleans County Clay Crushers scored high in team/squad shooting competitions during the New York State Scholastic Clay Target Program State Trap and Skeet Championships at DeWitt Fish and Game Club in Jamesville on last Sunday.

In trap competitions, the Intermediate Entry Division squad of Alex Rustay, Ryan Krenning, Austin Aman and Tyler Goslau, all of Albion, and Jacob Long of Elba took first place. An Advanced Division squad of Patrick Brien, Mitchell Knaak, James Haperman, Jacob Delamarter and Andréa Muoio won first in that division.

In Skeet competition, Jacob Bensley of Medina, Anthony Tomasetti of Holley and Bryan Bale of Medina shot their way to first place in the Junior Varsity Division.

For complete details on winning area youths and upcoming Clay Crusher events, check with Chris Rice at (585) 589-5025.

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