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Field Reports: Eagle heads back south after Duluth visit

The GPS-tracked bald eagle that was reported to have been spending time near the Fond du Lac Dam on the St. Louis River on March 8 and 9 ("Eagle with GPS transmitter located near Duluth," March 11 News Tribune) was presumably on its northward migration. However, it has since backtracked to Wabasha, Minn., along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, said Brett Mandernack of the Eagle Valley Nature Preserve near Glen Haven, Wis.

Mandernack banded the eagle in January 2015 at the nature preserve near Glen Haven, Wis.

The news about a bald eagle spurred memories of a golden eagle — dubbed No. 53 — that was banded and fitted with a GPS transmitter in November 2012 at Duluth's Hawk Ridge. The bird had been trapped on its fall migration by Frank Nicoletti, banding director at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. A GPS transmitter was fitted on that eagle by Mark Martell of Audubon Minnesota.

Golden eagle No. 53 was tracked for four years, but his transmitter finally went off the air in December 2016 while the bird was still in Canada, reported Kristin Hall of Audubon Minnesota.

"The last transmission date we have is Dec. 6, 2016, just north of Flin Flon, Manitoba, but on the Saskatchewan side (of the border). This was one of our longer-lasting transmitters, as we have data from this bird since fall 2012."

Duluth guide to be featured

An outdoor TV programming note: The April 2 episode of Kurt Walbeck's "Outdoor Bound" television program will feature a walleye fishing trip on the St. Louis River with Duluth fishing guide Charlie Nelson of Nelson's Guide and Charter Service. The program will air at 11 a.m. April 2 on WDIO/WIRT Channels 10 and 13. Nelson and Walbeck spent a day fishing the river in the summer of 2016.

Comment on fish management plans

Public comment is welcome on management plans for several lakes and streams in northern St. Louis and Koochiching counties. The plans are under review by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

In the International Falls area, plans for the following lakes and two streams will be reviewed.

Ek, Johnson, Moose (St. Louis County), O'Leary, Loon, Shell, Range Line, Steep, Ash River, Fawn, Moose (Koochiching County), Clear, Bartlett and Dinner Creek.

Copies of the draft plans are available at the International Falls Area Fisheries office located at 392 Highway 11 E., International Falls, MN 56649. You also can call the office at (218) 286-5220 to request a copy, or email

To comment, contact the DNR Area Fisheries Office by any of the above methods. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Public comments on lake and stream management plans will be taken through March 31.