Home on the Winter Range
All of our Bald eagles have one thing in common. They have all spent part of their lives in New York state. Some of them spent their earliest days growing in a New York nest. Others were caught and tagged in winter while dining on Peter Nye's bait.
During the winter months, before migration begins, Peter Nye looks closely at the eagles' behavior. His goal is to identify critical night-roosting, daytime feeding and daytime perch areas. Such habitats are of vital importance to the New York wintering eagle population.
Let's identify the critical habitats of each eagle by studying maps and data of their locations.
Use the maps we've provided to study the "winter range" for your eagle. Click on individual dots for date and exact sighting location.
Your job is to define each Bald eagle's home range or "winter range." (See definitions below.) Make a mini map of the range and try to write the best verbal description you can.
* Hints: Keep an atlas handy. Describe winter range using names of political regions (states, provinces, etc.) and geographical landmarks (rivers, lakes, mountains).
Home Range: The area an animal occupies in the course of its normal daily activities.
Winter Range: The area an animal occupies in the course of its normal daily activities during the winter months. (The winter range is simply a seasonal variation of the home range.)
Territory: The portion of the home range that an animal defends against intruders. (The intruders may be of the same or of a different species.)
Eagle Home Range