Galveston District dedicates J.J. Mayes Wildlife Area (May 2003). The Galveston District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, opened the J.J. Mayes Wildlife Trace, a new birding trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 1 at the Wallisville Project. Over 180 people were in attendance. The ribbon-cutting ceremony coincided with Texas Parks and Wildlifes Great Texas Birding Classic giving visitors an opportunity to view a variety of birds and other wildlife.
Tygart Lake, Pittsburgh District. From 1987-1991 Corps personnel in cooperation with West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of Natural Resources reintroduced or hacked 42 ospreys at Tygart Lake, WV. Prior to this activity no nesting ospreys were present in western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. As of 2003, 25 pairs of osprey were nesting on Corps facilities in the Pittsburgh District.
Osprey platform installation
Pittsburgh District. In cooperation with State wildlife agencies, local utility companies, U.S. Forest Service, Corps reservoir and District Office staffs, more than 45 osprey platforms were installed from 1994-2004. Volunteer participation by local utility companies has been valued at more than $60,000.
The combination of osprey hacking efforts and the installation of osprey platforms has resulted in the increase of osprey nesting by 1200 percent over the last 8 years.
Osprey reintroduction - Raystown Lake, Baltimore District (link to photo). This osprey reintroduction project, initiated in 2003, has hacked 6 ospreys to date. The project is designed to continue for five years.
Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee
In conjunction with Arizona Bald Eagle Management Program, this committee facilitates the management of the Southwestern Bald Eagle in Arizona. On this site you will find what makes the Southwestern Bald Eagle so unique, a scientific study that allows you to follow the flight of juveniles, and how you, too, can participate in eagle management.
Engineer Update articles describing Corps contributions to osprey management can be found at www.hq.usace.army.mil/cepa/pubs/nov98/story19.htm