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Release of Harpy Eagles in Belize
Angel Muela — in Harpy Eagle Conservation and Research    ShareIn June, two other Harpy Eagles joined the first set of birds that had been released in Belize in April. The four eagles continue to develop perfectly, and the older male (Black DX) has been the most adventurous of the bunch as he continues to explore the surrounding forest and ventures the farthest. All four eagles continue to return to the hack site regularly to feed. We believe it will still be a few more months before we see the first hunting attempts made by one of these birds, but, the volunteers in charge of caring for the birds have nothing but positive things to report.

Eva Mac, Shelly Johnson, and Jennifer Struthers are the biologists that are monitoring the status of the released Harpy Eagles. These three, like all the volunteers that participate in the Raptor Release Program, are personally making a large contribution to the conservation of the flora and fauna of the Neotropics. Each volunteer spends a minimum of four months following several Harpy Eagles and are the ones directly in charge of the well-being of these birds from the time they are released until they become independent of their “adoptive parents.” Field work in the Neotropics is not always easy, and the release sites are generally remote areas that are difficult to access. All of the volunteers that have participated in the release of these majestic birds have demonstrated that they are raptor and conservation enthusiasts. If one of our readers is interested in participating in this program, we invite you to take a look at our volunteer opportunities page.

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