Lake Superior Zoo Revue: Bald Eagles
Did you know that the Lake Superior Zoo is home to two beautiful bald eagles? Living in the Northland we are lucky enough to occasionally see them flying high in the sky something I never get tired of and still get excited to see. You can see a pair of these amazing creatures up close at The Lake Superior Zoo their names are Buddy and Liberty.
Lake Superior Zoo is home to Buddy and Liberty who were both injured in the wild and could not survive on their own. They now call the Zoo their forever home where they will receive the best care possible!
Bald Eagles are found throughout North America, and they like to stick close to lakes, reservoirs, rivers, marshes, and coasts. Which makes sense why we see so many of them in the Twin Ports thanks to Lake Superior. They tend to stay in a particular habitat as long as they have access to open water. These birds are opportunistic hunters, the majority of their diet is made up of fish. However, they will also eat mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and carrion. Bald eagles can live to be almost 30 years old!
"Bald eagles are very powerful fliers and they utilize thermal convection currents (rising pockets of air also referred to as thermals) especially during migration. They are able to reach speeds of 35-43 mph while gliding and flapping, 30 mph while carrying fish, and 75-99 mph while diving. Their wingspan can be anywhere from 5 to 8 feet and they weigh around 8 to 10 pounds."
Lake Superior Zoo Fun facts:
- Bald eagles have been known to “play” once in a while and have been observed passing sticks to each other in midair!
- The largest bald eagle nest was found in Florida. It measured 9 feet across, 20 feet deep, and weighed 2 tons.
Make sure to tune into Jeanne and Cooper in the Morning on Friday September 3 at 8:15 as we visit with Haley from Lake Superior Zoo as she gives us some in depth information about Buddy and Liberty and also talk about all the exciting events coming up at the Zoo including details on tickets for the annual Boo at the Zoo!