bald eagles

Thanks to the Minnesota DNR and Laura Erickson, we're becoming more and more aware of the dangers lead shot poses to bald eagles.  But at this time of year, there's another hazard to an eagle's life and limb: our national symbol's fondness for road kill and its difficulty, especially after gorging on a meal of venison, to avoid becoming road kill itself.

Trudy Vrieze, Vrieze Photography

What's sending bald eagles flocking to the the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center?

Whatever it is, it isn't good.

Sick and injured bald eagles - already 50 more birds this year than last year at this time - are crowding the center.   And the busiest hospitalization period - as eagles begin to show up poisoned by lead shot left in gut piles by deer hunters - has just begun.