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By Max Erikson

Bald Eagles mass down at the dam


January 31, 2018

Contributed: Rhonda McReynolds

EAGLE SCOUT: A solitary Bald Eagle takes to the air near The Dalles Dam. By some counts, there are up to 60 of the majestic birds abiding in the trees (inset below) there. The best place to see them is at Seusert Park near the dam's visitors' center.

There is quite a sight to see at The Dalles Dam this time of year as hungry eagles from around the northern parts of the Americas have taken up residence at the dam to fish for food during the frozen winter months.

Amber Tilton, a Park Ranger for The Dalles Lock and Dam, says that her team has spotted a continuous count of 50 to 60 Bald Eagles who have migrated to the Columbia River from Canada and as far as Alaska.

"Eagles' main source of food is fish," Tilton says. "And when the water freezes over in the northern regions, eagles migrate south to warmer areas to find food."

Sue Van Leuven of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) says that it is very common this time of ye...

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