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Traditional Geocache

Where Eagles Fly

A cache by Heli Leo
Hidden : 8/12/2013
In Iowa, United States
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


I used to work here and have seen both types of Eagles here. This is a family friendly cache and permission was given by the property manager.

 

The Bald Eagle is The only eagle whose range is confined to the North American continent. The Golden Eagle, Which can be found here can also be found in Europe and Asia. At one time there were about 500 nesting pairs in North America but there are now about 70,000 birds, with about 5,000 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states.

Eagles eat primarily fish or carrion. They will eat fresh kills also. During the winter months  I have seen over 100 Eagles setting in the trees along the river between down town and the Palisades Park. They like this area because of the open water. During the winter if you drive along the river road you will see many Eagles in the trees.

Eagles can climb to about 10,000 feet and fly at 35 miles per hour in level flight. They can reach 100 miles per hour in a dive.  However they prefer to glide usingt the air currents and updrafts.

Adult Eagles can weigh up to  14 pounds and have a wing span up to 90 inches. The female eagles are larger than the males. They build their nests in large trees and the nest can weigh up to a ton and be 8 feet across.

The Bald Eagle is our national emblem and is considered sacred to some Native American peoples. Unless you are of Native American descent it is illegal in the United States to kill or posses any part of an Eagle.

 

Congradulations to Cosmic Cachers for the FTF.

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Last Updated: on 9/1/2014 9:50:24 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:50 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum