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tDI Ir ;i A8 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 News Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Area eagle population something to crow about iARLA PISCIOTTA @irit Staff SHEPHERDSTOWN -- In 2000, nine active eagle nests .were documented in West Vir- ginia. This year there are 40, says Kieran O"Malley, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources wildlife diversity biologist. "We see eagles fighting, which means they are infringing on each others territory," said O'Malley, whose job it is to monitor the area eagle population. "We begin monitoring in January and con- tinue through June. By June we can see how many chicks they have fledged." The first two eagle nests in the region were found in Hampshire County in 1981 when a mainte- nance crew from the South Branch Vflley Railroad came across them in the Trough area. And now, he said, "There are six active nests in Hampshire County." Each eagles nest has a pair of adult eagles. Adult eagles measure from 30 to 40 inches from head to tail, with a 7- to 8-foot wingspan, and weigh from eight to 14 pounds. The female is larger than the male, according to data provid- ed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center' in Shepherd- stown,. Fledglings stay in the nest about 11 to 12 weeks when adults start encouraging them to fly. Bald eagles are believed to live 30 years or longer in the wild. They mate for life, building huge nests in the tops of large trees near rivers, lakes, and other wet- lands. The adults will often return to the same nest year after year making additions to the nest each year. Some nests can reach up to 10 feet across and weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Young eagles are believed to retum to with- in 100 miles or so of their own nest site when they reach matu- rity and are ready to mate. O'Malley said.the population expansion of the eagles began in the Eastem Panhandle counties and has ,spread statewide along the South Branch as far as Blue Grass, Va., but not as far as the Eagle nests along the South Branch River near Trough area. , Ohio River. O'Malley said this will likely be the last year that the nests are annually monitored. "It takes a lot of driving to check all of them," said O'Malley, whose coverage area includes Hampshire, Jefferson, Hardy, Berkeley, Morgan, Min- eral, Grant, and Pendleton coun- PHOTOS COURTESY DANNY HARBERT ties. "It's difficult to keep track gle nest on the grounds at NCTC of all of them. We will proba- in Jefferson County, go to Nctc_ bly begin monitoring every five years." Eagles are protected under To view the activities of the ea- state and federal law. Mini Storage Greenbrier owner says Woods will play in Classic CHARLESTON (AP) -- Ti- ger Woods will make his first appearance at The Greenbri- er Classic this summer, giv- ing him a rare chance to play twice on the PGA Tour before the British Open. The Greenbrier Classic, which is only in its third year at The Old White TPC Course in White Sulphur Springs, is the second tournament this year that Woods had never played as a professional. He also played the Honda Classic in March and was runner-up to Rory McIlroy. The announcement Monday was big boost for The Green- brier and chairman Jim Justice, who will have Woods and Phil Mickelson at this tournament July 5-8. "We're tickled to death," Justice said of Woods' com- mitment. "To me, he's the most recognizable name in sports," Woods, who missed three months last year recovering from leg injuries, contemplat- ed making his return at The Greenbrier Classic. He ulti: mately decided to give his legs one more week and instead re- turned at Firestone. Because of a change in the schedule -- an extra week be- tween the U.S. Open and Brit- ish Open -- The Greenbrier moved up one month. It fol- lows the AT&T National at Congressional, which sup- ports the Tiger Woods Foun- dation. This will be the first time since 2003 that Woods plays two tournaments before the British Open. It also allows him to fulfill a pledge to add tournaments to his schedule that he did not previously play. This will make three new tournaments in nine months dating to the Open last October at CordeValle. "Tiger has heard good things from other players about the goff course and the resort and looks forward to playing for this first time this year," said Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports Management. "He gave it a hard look last year, but health issues pre- vented him from playing." The Greenbrier Classic be- gan in 2010 with Stuart Appleby closing with a 59 to win the tour- nament. Scott Stallings won last year in a playoff. Justice said Woods loves of the history of The Greenbrier, and the fact Ben Hogan and Sam Snead once played there. "I'm really happy that the peo- ple can come and see the biggest icon in sports," Justice said. "And he'll be here for six days." That assumes Woods makes the cut, of course. He missed the cut two weeks ago at Quail Hollow, and is in the worst three-tournament stretch of his career -a tie for 40th at the Masters, a missed cut at the Wells Fargo Championship and a tie for 40th at The Play- ers Championship. Even so, he remains the big- gest star in golf and attracts the largest galleries. "It's really meaningful, it's a validation to me ... that our state is what I think it ought to be and that is top tier," Justice said. Last week, Mickelson an- nounced that he is returning to the Greenbrier Classic for the second straight year. The field also includes Sergio Garcia, Kenny Perry, and Tom Wat- son, who is the resort's golf professional emeritus. Woods also announced Mon- day he is playing in the Memo- rial, a tournament he has only missed because of injuries or when his father died in 2006. That means Woods is likely to play seven times in an l 1- week stretch from the Memo- rial .through the PGA Champi- onship. 000000heWa,00oricaC.os iiii!ili:ii== Ydiii - - 0000mmu.i00y by Co,mu.i00y" Rockwell Boat / RV / Climate Control We'll beat any Charles Town or Ranson storage facility by $5/month! 165 Philip Avenue Charles Town, WV (304) 724-7867 www. Stop in today for more information ALLEGANY :' ..... %i( ;ilL!i0i:!/::i i: u:, Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three causes of death in the United States. That"-s why WVU Hospitals-East and Universi Cardiovascular Associates are introducing a Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Program. 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