A banded bald eagle was found dead on the roadside in Henrietta, New York. Its band showed it to be the longest living of its species at 38 years old.
Bald eagle 03142 was banded on August 5, 1977 as a juvenile in Seneca Falls, New York. According to reports, he was a nestling that was brought to New York from Minnesota as part of the state's bald eagle restoration program.
At 38 years old, the banded bald eagle known as 03142 outlived its oldest predecessor by at least five years. The bird was found on the side of a road in upstate New York and had apparently been struck by a motor vehicle, the leading cause of death in New York for the species.
Retired DEC biologist Peter Nye who was in charge of the New York Bald Eagle Restoration Program at the time said, "Based on his recent recovery at this site, we have to assume he has been the resident male, breeding here for the last 34 years."
Nye went on to say that they had no idea back in 1977 how significant the young bald eagle would become to the nascent bald eagle restoration program.