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Bryan Watts gets photographed with Bald Eagle

08-Sept 2014Tiny bird makes epic journey back to St. CroixLewin, A.Virgin Islands Daily News
06-Sept 2014James River eagles soaring; survey identifies 223 breeding pairsSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
25-Aug 2014Blueberry-eating shorebirds!Barrow, M. R.The Virginian-Pilot
14-Aug 2014Bird bands are bird biosBarrow, M. R.The Virginian-Pilot
07-Aug 2014Ospreys make an Elizabeth River comebackTennant, D.The Virginian-Pilot
15-Jul 2014Restoration of state-threatened peregrine continues in Shenandoah National ParkGraham, C. (ed)Agusta Free Press
13-Jul 2014Threatened peregrine falcons reaching new heightsTennant, D.The Virginian-Pilot
07-Jul 2014Sex, violence, airplanes and the comeback of the national birdMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: News and Events
27-Jun 2014Audubon Society members hunt for nocturnal birdsNewman, E.Laramie Boomerang
22-Jun 2014What are least terns up to? hanging out at the mallBarrow, M. R.The Virginia-Pilot
20-Jun 2014Cormorants: The Miraculous Comeback of a Misunderstood BirdPelton, T.Save the Bay Magazine
16-Jun 2014Chesapeake Bay is world's top breeding ground for ospreyDietrich, T.Daily Press
26-May 2014Scientists work to help rare Virginia birdSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
20-May 2014William and Mary biologists rescue, relocate James River Bridge peregrine falcon chicksPawlowski, S. J.Daily Press
07-May 2014Two peregrine falcon chicks relocated from Norris BridgeChillemi, T.The Southside Sentinel
07-May 2014A feathery recovery[Anonymous]Northern Neck News
09-Apr 2014Careful siting can make offshore wind farms safe for the birdsMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: News and Events
26-Mar 2014An arms race of eaglesMcFarland, D.Smithfield Times
26-Mar 2014Bald Eagle Population Soaring in Virginia After Near ExtinctionRose, T.Guardian Liberty Voice
26-Mar 2014Once Endangered, Bald Eagle Populations SoarWatts, B. D.LiveScience
25-Mar 2014Research project needs volunteers to locate nests, observe activityLollar, K.News-Press
24-Mar 2014Bald eagles go from zero to record levels in the James RiverDietrich, T.Daily Press
23-Mar 2014Behind Wildlife Data: The Animals That Make Research PossibleKnoblauch, M.Mashable
17-Mar 2014Center for Conservation Biology begins 2014 bald eagle count in VAAssociated PressDaily Journal
11-Mar 2014More eagles, more questionsMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: ideation
14-Feb 2014Record number of bald eagle nests, chicks spotted on Yadkin[Anonymous]The Dispatch
12-Feb 2014Another snowy owl lands in Fairfax County, perches atop Springfield MallJackman, T.The Washington Post
24-Jan 2014Blue herons are nesting among the bald eagles, but why?Stevens, L.College of William and Mary: News and Events
18-Jan 2014Birds' migration secrets to be revealed by space trackerVidal, J.The Guardian
06-Jan 2014Freezing cold pushing some birds southWeise, E.USA Today
31-Dec 2013Maryland authorities probe shooting deaths of bald eaglesSomers, M.The Washington Times
22-Nov 2013Laughing gull numbers drop on Virginia’s Eastern ShoreAssoc. PressRichmond Times-Dispatch
21-Nov 2013Laughing gulls get drowned out on Eastern ShoreTennant, D.The Virginian-Pilot
23-Oct 2013More than a wing and a prayerLangley, C.The Virginia Gazette
15-Oct 2013Book shares story of Hope the whimbrelLewin, A.Virgin Islands Daily News
15-Oct 2013More herons call area waterways homeDennen, R.The Free Lance-Star
30-Sept 2013Great blue herons make huge comeback, survey showsSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
28-Sept 2013Local osprey stops over in CubaBarrow, M. R.The Virginia-Pilot
08-Sept 2013Look up in wonderBlankenship, K.Bay Journal
17-Sept 2013Machi and Goshen’s legacy: Increased shorebird-hunting regulationsMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: News and Events
04-Sept 2013Bald Eagles Are Back In A Big Way — And The Talons Are OutShogren, E.NPR's Morning Edition
22-Aug 2013Purple martin festival to proceed — without the birdsSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
16-Aug 2013She Did Not Die in Vain…Sorenson, L.Caribbean Birding Trail
15-Aug 2013Whatching for WhimbrelsHausman, S.WVTF
29-Jul 2013The James River: Comeback central for bald eaglesMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: News and Events
26-Jul 2013New survey shows bald eagle pairs along James River skyrocketing in VirginiaAssociated PressThe Washington Post
26-Jul 2013Eagle pairs along James River skyrocketingSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
09-Jul 2013Protecting One of Virginia's Most Endangered BirdsHausman, S.WVTF Public Radio
26-Jun 2013Eaglet rescued after recent storm destroys nest on Jamestown IslandLangley, C.The Virginia Gazette
20-Jun 2013Public Observations Requested for Statewide Osprey CensusKaszas-Hoch, J.The Sandpiper
19-Jun 2013Global warming afflicting birdsSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
16-Jun 2013Peregrine falcon chicks 'rescued' from James River BridgeDietrich, T.Daily Press
11-Jun 2013VDOT moves nine Peregrine Falcons from local bridgesKnight, M.WTKR NewsChannel 3
04-Jun 2013Elusive birds get boost from citizen scienceLangley, C.The Virginia Gazette
25-May 2013Protective osprey dries out from the rainBarrow, M. R.The Virginia-Pilot
22-May 2013Shorebirds find a sea of Idaho grassBarker, R.Idaho Stateman
20-May 2013Owners, neighbors split on plan to preserve marshSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
07-May 2013Richmond Eagle Cam birds lose one of their 2 chicksSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
23-Apr 2013Hampton Roads Joins the Virginia Aquarium for OspreyWatch 2013 (Photos)Delaney, S.Examiner
16-Apr 2013Lecture on ospreys at VIMS on Thursday[Anonymous]The Virginia Gazette
16-Apr 2013A life-long passion for birdsFaison, A.Western Tidewater
15-Apr 2013Osprey lecture offered Thursday at VIMSSabo, M.Daily Press
12-Apr 2013Rare downtown falcons tending five eggs in new nestSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
29-Mar 2013Osprey nest removed from Kingsmill cell towerBill O'DonovanThe Virginia Gazette
28-Mar 2013Osprey Watch 2013Henry, H.WTKR NewsChannel 3
20-Mar 2013Why We're Giving Bald Eagles Onboard GPSWatts, B. D.Live Science
18-Mar 2013Ospreys offer clues on the environmentSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
14-Mar 2013Richmond’s bald eagles have new family, 2 chicks spotted in birds’ nestAssociated PressThe Washington Post
14-Mar 2013Richmond’s eagle pair, Virginia and James, have two chicksSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
08-Mar 2013OspreyWatch begins second seasonWatts, B. D.College of William and Mary: News and Events
08-Mar 2013Wanted: Osprey Watchers as Citizen-ScientistsWatts, B. D.Live Science
05-Mar 2013Researchers get award for work with golden eaglesCenter for Conservation BiologyCollege of William and Mary: News and Events
05-Mar 2013Osprey Pair Waste No Time Getting to WorkBarrow, M. R.The Virginia-Pilot
26-Feb 2013Bald eagles: The comeback birdClark, P.The Washington Post
07-Feb 2013Citizen Scientists, Participate in OspreyWatchBarrow, M. R.The Virginia-Pilot
03-Feb 2013Tracking the PackAthens, E.New York Times
29-Jan 2013Herons return to island near Shockoe SlipSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
20-Dec 2012In the media: Faculty inform the press[Anonymous]College of William and Mary: News and Events
13-Dec 2012A grants administrator gets a night out in the fieldWhelan, J.College of William and Mary: News and Events
12-Dec 2012Richmond Eagle Cam a no-go for 2013Springston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
11-Dec 2012Hope the whimbrel sheds her 'wire' after four years of studyWatts, B. D.College of William and Mary: News and Events
11-Dec 2012Hope the whimbrel will not be tracked any moreLewin, A.Virgin Islands Daily News
10-Dec 2012Hope Lands in St. Croix for the Winter[Anonymous]St. Croix Source
29-Nov 2012Chicken Meat Rains on VermontSweet. R.Planet S: Saskatoon's City Magazine
26-Nov 2012Migrating bald eagles congregate at Maryland damSchaefer, M. A.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
24-Nov 2012An unlikely venue for shooting eagles - with a cameraSchaefer, M.
22-Nov 2012Well-traveled whimbrel set free after years of tracked dataTennant, D.The Virginian-Pilot
20-Nov 2012Reality show: Eagle videos reveal deadbeat dads, cheating wives and nest intrusionsStevens, L.College of William and Mary: Ideation Magazine
20-Nov 2012Among the eagles: Deadbeat dads, nest intrusions and cheating wivesStevens,
19-Nov 2012Among the eagles: deadbeat dads, nest intrusions and cheating wivesStevens, L.College of William and Mary: News and Events
13-Nov 2012Birds-Eye View Of Hurricane Sandy From The Rear-view Mirror [Video]Callari,
12-Nov 2012To Birds, Storm Survival Is Only NaturalAngier, N.New York Times
01-Nov 2012Dark Moon Traveler: Pulling an All-Nighter with OwlsDybas, C. L.Natural History Magazine
01-Nov 2012Hudsonian Whimbrels tracked across the mid AtlanticWatts, B. D. and F. M. SmithBirding World
30-Oct 2012Hurrican Sandy Aftermath: What Happens to the Birds?Dell'Amore, C.National Geographic
13-Oct 2012St. Albans native heads research project for far-ranging shorebirdsSteelhammer, R.West Virginia Gazette
10-Oct 2012It's raining chickenVaughn, C.USA Today
10-Oct 2012Development boom puts pressure on Panama wetlandsZamorano,
09-Oct 2012VA SHORE: Hunks of raw chicken rain down on horse farm, strike student riderVaughn, C.delmarvanow
04-Oct 2012Hope's transmitter falls silent, but Crucians spot the whimbrel in good condition in her winter homeLewin, A.Virgin Islands Daily News
28-Sep 2012Scientists examine fall migratory pathways and habits of whimbrelsAbraham, S.
25-Sep 2012VCU Rice Center/Center for Conservation Biology scientists examine fall migratory pathways and habits of whimbrelsAbraham, S. A.VCU News Center
25-Sep 2012Tenacious Whimbrels Can Handle Hurricanes, Not Habitat LossWells, J.National Geographic
29-Aug 2012Flying Into a Hurricane - A Bird's PerspectiveEaton, S.National Geographic: News Watch
28-Aug 2012Tracking bird migration - storms[Anonymous]The Raptor Center
25-Aug 2012Some Birds us a Hurricane to Fly Fast - REALLY Fast!Butler, R.Environmental News Network
20-Aug 2012Bird walks: Join birding expert Bill Williams Saturday at New Quarter Park, York CountyVan Mullekom, K.Daily Press
18-Aug 2012Whimbrels on the move, and monitored over the AtlanticSwick, N.American Birding Association
16-Aug 2012Whimbrel Fly South Over Deep WaterOgle, J.Community Idea Stations
15-Aug 2012Scientists identify previously unknown Whimbrel migration pathway over open Atlantic OceanVirginia Commonwealth
11-Aug 2012Hope the shorebird returns to Eastern Shore. Again.Tennant, D.The Virginian-Pilot
03-Aug 2012Thompson: Bald eagles soaring toward recover in VirginiaThompson, A.Richmond Times-Dispatch
02-Aug 2012Purple haze: festival celebrates the return of thousands of martins to downtown Richmond, VaSzkotak, S.The Washington Post; ABC News
26-Jul 2012Eagle StalkersBarrow, M. R.The Virginian-Pilot
23-Jul 2012Unusual bird flock returns to Shockoe BottomSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
22-Jun 2012Passport to Nature: The Best Reality ShowMcCann, T.Nature
18-Jun 2012Correspondent of the Day: Eagle Cam united chat room's membersCrawford, W.Richmond Times-Dispatch
05-Jun 2012'Ghost trees' victims of rising sea levelsMcKenna, M.BBC News Magazine
05-Jun 2012June Faculty and Staff Features[Anonymous]VCU News Center
05-Jun 2012Virginia's dying marshes and climate change denialNasaw, D.BBC News Magazine
04-Jun 2012Eagle news: Another youngster flies; a parent chases away an intruderSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
04-Jun 2012Virginia is for Red Knots, TooAbraham, S. A.VCU News Center
01-Jun 2012Dr. Brian Watts Received Mitchell A. Byrd AwardFields, L. and A. Schreck (eds.)VSO Newsletter
01-Jun 2012Conservation Corner: Tracking WhimbrelsSmith, F. M.VSO Newsletter
30-May 2012Scientists Track Shorebirds to Find Cause of DeclinePelton, T.The Environment in Focus
29-Apr 2012Nesting InstinctsSiber, K.National Parks Conservation Association
10-Apr 2012Hope (the Whimbrel) ReturnsCosier, S.Audubon Magazine
08-Apr 2012Richmond chicks look healthy; wounded one healsSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
05-Apr 2012Osprey comeback complete on baySabo, M.Daily Press
04-Apr 2012The Bald Eagles of the James River Exhibition[Anonymous]Discover the James
30-Mar 2012Eagle wildlife drama turning too tense for someSzkotak, S.The Virginian-Pilot, USA Today, The Washington Examiner, KiroTV, NBC12, NewsVirginian, WHSV, WVVA, WSBtv, WSET,, The Republic, Daily Journal,,,,
29-Mar 2012Bigger eaglet aims butt at sibling and lets it flyBryan, A.WTVR
28-Mar 2012Larger Richmond Eagle Cam chick wounds sibling; food also a concernSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
28-Mar 2012‘Richmond Eagle Cam’ Baby Chick Wounded (Video)Dawson, J.LongIsland Press
26-Mar 2012Bald Eagles population continues to rise in areaWilson, S. S.Hopewell News and Patriot
23-Mar 2012Camera Live-Streams Baby Eagles From RichmondJones, E.WAMU
21-Mar 2012Life in Richmond eagle nest brutal, naturalSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
20-Mar 2012"Ghost Trees" on the York RiverEdlund, A. W.Richmond Times-Dispatch
19-Mar 2012Richmond eagle chicks hatch, join resurgent VA populationJones, E.WFIR
18-Mar 2012Richmond eagles have a full nest with second chickSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
18-Mar 2012Second Richmond eagle chick hatched at 7:31 a.m. todaySpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
18-Mar 20122nd chick hatches on Richmond Eagle Cam[Anonymous]UPI
16-Mar 2012About to hatch, Richmond bald eagle chicks face many threatsRoyal M. and S. KhawajaWTVR
14-Mar 2012Egg watch enters third daySpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
13-Mar 2012First eagle egg could hatch Tuesday or Wednesday[Anonymous]Richmond Times-Dispatch
01-Mar 2012Unlocking Migration's SecretsWeidensaul, S.Audubon Magazine
26-Feb 2012Virginia shows why the eagle is the nation's symbolSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
24-Feb 2012Become an Osprey Watcher: Connect with a Global Community of Observers [Anonymous]VCU News Center
11-Feb 2012Eagles minding two eggsSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
10-Feb 2012Tracking down the Cooper's Island eaglesThompson, A.Richmond Times-Dispatch
17-Jan 2012Richmond Eagle Cam news spot[Anonymous]WTVR
17-Jan 2012Bald Eagle Pair Ready for Their Close-UpAbraham, S. A.VCU News Center
16-Jan 2012LIVE VIDEO: Majestic birds a click away on 'eagle-cam'Springston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
14-Jan 2012Scientists: Lead bullets poison bald eaglesNealon, C.Daily Press
17-Nov 2011A Whimbrel Called Hope[Anonymous]U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
19-Oct 2011Watts: Chesapeake wildlife in the balanceWatts, B. D.Richmond Times-Dispatch
17-Oct 2011Birds Survived Storms Only To Be Shot Down By HuntersYoung, R.Here and Now on WBUR
09-Oct 2011Event Celebrates Hope's JourneyBuchanan, C.St. Croix Source
08-Oct 2011A Bird Flies Into A Hurricane. Does It Fly Out?Simon, S.NPR Weekend Edition
07-Oct 2011Peregrine Falcon Is Back at the Oceanfront[Anonymous]The Virginian-Pilot
04-Oct 2011'Bona Fide Snowbird' Returns to St. Croix for Bird Day[Anonymous]St. Croix Source
30-Sep 2011Tiny whimbrel braves massive storms on trans-Atlantic flightLewin, A.Virgin Islands Daily News
27-Sep 2011Biologist Fletcher Smith presents Hope[Anonymous]U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
10-Sep 2011Hurricane Irene Destroys Bald Eagle NestsHerbst, J.WAMU, WTKR, Fox43TV, The Virginian-Pilot, MSNBC,
30-Aug 2011Nunavut shorebird flies through Hurricane Irene — and survives[Anonymous]Nunatsiaq News
04-Jan 2011Norfolk Botanical Garden eagles build cozy new nestVan Mullekom, K.Daily Press
12-Dec 2010Retired W&M professor's surveys help save eaglesSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
01-Oct 2010Call of the WildErnsberger, R. Jr.Virginia Living Museum
01-Oct 2010Secretive Black Rail is Rapidly Being Squeezed out of ExistenceLutz, L.Bay Journal
28-Sep 2010Incredible flight of Georgia shorebird 'to be awed and admired'Thomas, P.GrindTV
06-Sep 2010Hope flies 18,000 miles back to St. CroixLewin, A.Virgin Islands Daily News
04-Sep 2010Marathon migration: Whimbrel's nearly 5,000-mile flight underscores role[Anonymous]Georgia Department of Natrual Resources, Wildlife Resources Division
01-Sep 2010Chuck-will's widow: heard but rarely seenSmith, B. and M. D. WilsonBird Conservation
01-Sep 2010Tagged WhimbrelIron, J.Toronto Ornithological Club Newsletter
01-Sep 2010Overview of Spring 2010 Whimbrel Migration StudySmith, F. M.Toronto Ornithological Club Newsletter
01-Sep 2010To catch a whimbrelWhitear, A. K.Toronto Ornithological Club Newsletter
15-Aug 2010Global warming a threat to salt-marsh sparrow in VaSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
01-Aug 2010The Incredible Journey of HopeBadger, C. J.Virginia Wildlife Magazine
15-Jun 2010Before long flight, birds fatten up on Georgia coastLanders, M.Savannah Morning News
24-Apr 2010Hope, the migrating whimbrel, flies back to the statesLewin, A.Virgin Islands Daily News
15-Apr 2010Shorebird flew 14,170 miles to and from VirginiaTennant, D.The Virginian-Pilot
14-Apr 2010Hope arrives earlyMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: News and Events
31-Mar 2010Eaglet banded at Norfolk Botanical GardenFlanagan, J.WVEC
21-Mar 2010Virginia webcam keeps eye on eagles' chicks, nestVan Mullekom, K.The Post and Courier
13-Mar 2010Eagles threatened by clearing too near[Anonymous]The Virginia Gazette
11-Mar 2010Azalea Returns to Eastern NC for More "Southern Hospitality"!Strawser, B. and C. HeffleyAlligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges
03-Mar 2010Wings Over the JamesHarrison, D.Style Weekly
03-Feb 2010SLIDESHOW: Eagle lays second egg of seasonFlanagan, J.WVEC
03-Feb 2010The 2010 update on the Botanical Garden eaglesBatcher, B.WHRO Norfolk Perspectives
21-Nov 2009New book flows from a year with the James[Anonymous]Richmond Times-Dispatch
11-Nov 2009Never trust a whimbrel: Shifty, stilt-legged shorebirds continue to surprise even seasoned scientistsMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: Ideation Magazine
02-Nov 2009Transmitter allows researchers to keep tabs on eagleBarrow, M. R.The Virginian-Pilot
22-Sep 2009Bald eagle numbers soaring in Roanoke ValleyBatts, D.The Daily Herald
12-Aug 2009Martins make late return to BottomSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
08-Jul 2009Are eagles nesting near your house?[Anonymous]College of William and Mary: Arts & Sciences News
08-Jul 2009Center for Conservation Biology invites the public to become involved in eagle conservation as the Virginia breeding population continues to climbBuckley, A. and B. D. WattsVCU News Center
15-Jun 2009Birds could be losers in Shockoe ballpark proposalSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
01-Jun 2009Eaglets at the Botanical GardenBatcher, B.WHRO Norfolk Perspectives
21-May 2009Follow Azalea the eagle on lineMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: News and Events
21-Apr 2009Camouflage doesn't keep snake from mallard's eggsSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
16-Mar 2009Vibrant bald eagle population finds a home on the JamesSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
03-Mar 2009Richmond's herons should be fine in snowSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
24-Feb 2009Great blue herons back on the JamesSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
24-Feb 2009Evicting eaglesRoylance, F. D.Baltimore Sun
16-Dec 2008New professorship honors conservationistMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: News and Events
15-Nov 2008Eagle researchers honor two of their ownMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: Ideation Magazine
15-Aug 2008Birds invade bridgeSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
04-Jun 2008You go girl: Winnie the whimbrel flies 3,200 miles in 146 hoursMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: News and Events
01-May 2008The Eagle Trappers: Researchers try to keep the national bird out of harm's way at the Aberdeen Proving GroundMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: Ideation Magazine
01-May 2008Shorebird researchers to fly over Panama againMcClain, J.College of William and Mary: Ideation Magazine
29-Apr 2008One falcon chick dies; three eggs fail to hatchSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
29-Jun 2007Eagles, people on a collision pathSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
09-Jun 2007Virginia's eagle population is soaringSpringston, R.Richmond Times-Dispatch
14-Mar 2007Eagles Vie with Landowners for Waterfront PropertyShogren, E.NPR
14-Mar 2007Eagle Population Up, But Prime Habitat ThreatenedShogren, E.NPR