DuPuis WEMA Field Trip

Eastern Meadowlark, DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

Some Audubon friends and I visited DuPuis Wildlife and Environmental Management Area (WEMA) this morning, to check on two Bald Eagle nests. The bird in the lead photo is an Eastern Meadowlark.

DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

MT-024, DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

This nest is in good repair, but its Eagle Watch monitors haven’t seen any adults at or near it this month, and it appears to have been abandoned after eggs failed to hatch.

DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

That’s a sugar mill (not on the preserve) in the background, right.

MT-006, DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

This nest (above left of sign) is near an equestrian trail, and has two chicks.

Horse riders, DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

Riders have found a route around the nest.

MT-006, DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

Both chicks are visible in this photo, though one is mostly obscured by the other.

MT-006, DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

The preferred monitoring site is away from a main trail, and is less visible from the nest. More information on our Eagle Watch activities.

DuPuis WEMA Field Trip February 27, 2011

The Florida Trail crosses DuPuis WEMA, and passes near many prime birding locations.

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