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    FYI, here s our press release: These were hacked Catalina birds that went up to Santa Cruz Is. Montrose Settlement Restoration Program Restoring Natural
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      FYI, here's our press release:
      These were hacked Catalina birds that went up to Santa Cruz Is.

      Montrose Settlement Restoration Program
      Restoring Natural Resources harmed by DDTs and PCBs
      501 W. Ocean Blvd. Suite 4470 * Long Beach, CA 90802 * 562.980.3236

      March 16, 2006

      Bald Eagles Lay First Egg in 50 Years on the Northern Channel Islands

      SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, CA - Today, biologists announced that for the
      first time in more than 50 years, a pair of bald eagles have laid an
      egg in a nest on Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Southern
      California. The last known successful nesting of a bald eagle on the
      Northern Channel Islands was in 1949 on Anacapa Island.

      Bald eagles disappeared from the Channel Islands by the early 1960s,
      due to human impacts, primarily pollution. Millions of pounds of DDTs
      and PCBs released into the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula
      between the 1940s and the 1970s continue to contaminate the regional
      food web. The effects of these chemicals are magnified in the food
      chain, causing bald eagles to lay thin-shelled eggs that either
      dehydrate or break in the nest.

      Since 2002, biologists from the Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS)
      have been re-establishing young bald eagles on the northern Channel
      Islands as a part of the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program.
      The hope is that these birds may fare better than the bald eagles
      farther south on Catalina Island, which continue to produce fragile
      eggs.

      The breeding bald eagles on Santa Cruz Island were both hatched from
      a captive breeding program at the San Francisco Zoo and were fostered
      into nests on Catalina Island in 2001 and 2002. After leaving
      Catalina Island, they each roamed the western U.S. mainland and
      visited the northern Channel Islands, possibly attracted by the
      presence of other young eagles there. The 5-year-old male and 4-year-
      old female established a territory on Santa Cruz Island in late 2005.

      Although inexperienced pairs can be unsuccessful on their first
      breeding attempt, the biologists involved remain cautiously
      optimistic about the prospects of a chick hatching in the next few
      weeks.

      "While we are keeping our fingers crossed, this is the first breeding
      attempt for the pair," states David Garcelon, president of the
      IWS. "Regardless of the outcome, we will continue to intensely
      monitor this and other bald eagle pairs in the Channel Islands over
      the coming years to assess their overall reproductive success."

      "This is very exciting news," said Russell Galipeau, Superintendent,
      Channel Islands National Park. "To have breeding bald eagles again on
      the Northern Channel Islands represents a significant milestone in
      bald eagle recovery efforts."

      The National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy, co-owners of
      Santa Cruz Island, want to remind visitors that bald eagles are a
      federally protected species and that it is illegal to disturb nesting
      birds. Disturbances can cause the eagles to accidentally break the
      egg or fly away from the nest, leaving the egg vulnerable to ravens
      or other predators.

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      This bald eagle re-establishment study is part the Montrose
      Settlements Restoration Program (MSRP), a multi-agency program
      dedicated to restoring natural resources harmed by DDTs and PCBs
      released into the environment by Montrose Chemical Corporation and
      other industrial sources in Southern California in the mid 20th
      century. MSRP is overseen by representatives from the National
      Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
      Service, National Park Service, California Department of Fish and
      Game, California State Lands Commission, and California Department of
      Parks and Recreation.

      _______________________________
      Steve Hampton
      Davis, CA
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