Bald Eagles

©John P. Richardson. Used with permission.

The Hawk Ridge Spring Migration Count has begun ... just don't look for it at Hawk Ridge.

Oh, and Larry Weber isn't where you expect him, either.

He's off to an Undisclosed Location, and we're delighted to welcome John Richardson, the count interpreter, as our Special Guest Star this morning.

Information about where counters may be working, upcoming events and more can be found at the Hawk Ridge Facebook page or on their website.

©John Krumm. Used with Permission.

Larry Weber has the stats as we say goodbye to October ... plus a look ahead to the changes we'll see in November, what's easy to see in his beloved season of aut-win, and some fabulous things to enjoy with the earlier-than-usual sunsets after Sunday.

* Remember to "fall backward," this weekend as we say goodbye to Daylight Saving Time, too.  And Larry recommends listening to an extra hour of KUMD.

Thanks to the Minnesota DNR and Laura Erickson, we're becoming more and more aware of the dangers lead shot poses to bald eagles.  But at this time of year, there's another hazard to an eagle's life and limb: our national symbol's fondness for road kill and its difficulty, especially after gorging on a meal of venison, to avoid becoming road kill itself.

Trudy Vrieze, Vrieze Photography

What's sending bald eagles flocking to the the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center?

Whatever it is, it isn't good.

Sick and injured bald eagles - already 50 more birds this year than last year at this time - are crowding the center.   And the busiest hospitalization period - as eagles begin to show up poisoned by lead shot left in gut piles by deer hunters - has just begun.