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A few special birds lend a wing in golden eagle preservation

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Golden eagles — including one that wore a “backpack” for eight years — are carrying their weight in research that could help curb their gradual decline.

Data from an Eastern Washington study launched in 2004 may be helpful in positioning wind farms, identifying lead poisoning sources and pinpointing critical habitats.

The bird’s susceptibility to collisions with rotating wind turbine blades has generated concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife for golden eagles across the country.

About half of the Washington…

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