Banding of the bald eagles

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BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – It was quite an operation on Tuesday as State Wildlife officials brought two bald eagle chicks down from their nest.

Massachusetts Fish and Game Rangers climbed a tree in the Quabbin Reservoir to place special bands on two bald eagle chicks. They have to be a minimum of 3 weeks old and weigh more than 2 pounds, because at that age and weight, they’re less likely to be panicked by humans.

The bands let bird watchers know an eagle’s from Massachusetts by the color of the band on its left leg.

Ralph Taylor, Massachusetts Wildlife, told 22News, “Massachusetts has burnt orange, so if you see a burnt orange band on an eagle you might not be able to read it unless you had binoculars with you.”

A silver band placed on an eagle’s right leg is a Federal Band, that pinpoints when a bald eagle was banded. Bald eagles, which are the symbol of America, were nearly extinct. But their population has been successfully restored by protecting them, and through conservation efforts like the banding program.

Each state has a different color band to identify the eagle.

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