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Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count

Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count

It wasn't a record, but a lot of bald eagles are spending the winter in and near the Quad Cities. 

Wildlife biologist Kelly McKay participated last month in the annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count. And he counted 1,500 eagles along the Mississippi River, from Clinton to Keithsburg - most were adults but about one-third were young. 

His count of 1,500 was way below last year when he saw nearly 5,000, but that was due to last winter's extreme cold and snow in the midwest. The prior four years came in below this year's total.

Each year, the Mid-Winter Count is held in January across the lower 48 states, with results tabulated by the Army Corps of Engineers. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.