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You said you were from cny, iirc, I live on Owasco Lake. We have an Eagle that nests in Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and will occasionally hunt for food along the shoreline of Owasco. It really is a sight to behold. It was a bucket list item since I have never seen one before they nested in Montezuma.

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I guess I'm fortunate in that there are lots of bald/American eagles residing at the head of Chesapeake Bay. One of the reasons behind this is a forage species known as gizzard shad, which swarm at the base of Conowingo Dam, located about 6 miles upstream of the Susquehanna River's mouth. When the hydroelectric dam opens the gates and water rushes through the turbines, huge quantities of gizzard are drawn through the system and ejected at the base of the dam. I've seen up to a dozen eagles show up when the dam's warning siren sounds, which is a signal that the water below the dam will be rising. The eagles are joined by gulls, herons and ospreys who circle above the rushing water awaiting stunned and disoriented shad to rise to the surface. Striped bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, channel catfish and perch join in on the feast just beneath the water's surface. It's a sight to behold, particularly during early spring when various spawning runs are taking place.

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Gary,

I have to say I would not mind seeing that. Is there a scheadule or place they publish when the dam is open?

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I have to say I would not mind seeing that. Is there a scheadule or place they publish when the dam is open?
Ironic?

Here in Maine we fight to remove dams and celebrate their demise. Two big ones are being removed from the Penobscott River now. There are lots of eagles. We paddle the Susquehanna River every Memorial Day and enjoy the river valley's upper end. I do understand Maine is a bit more remote than the Susquehanna's watershed. Our concern with the effect of dam releases is the impact on the anadramous fish. Providing a feeding station for other species is better than not. I guess? We have to salvage what we can from our impact on this planet. Here is hoping that fracking doesn't eliminate the runs of fish. Eagles won't be the biggest losers. They can come to Maine.

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The dam runs water daily, mainly during the week and during peak power consumption times. It's primarily a peaking plant, which sells electricity to the grid during business hours. The best time to see the eagles there is during April and May.

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