Jim Kavelaris Speaks at CLP Session
February 18, 2014
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Jim Kavelaris, retired industrial electrician, spoke about Walborn eagles at the University’s Continued Learning Program at the University of Mount Union on February 18.
Kavelaris took up outdoor photography in 1995 and picked up an interest in bald eagles when he saw one perched in a tree at Walborn Reservoir. He was part of the ODNR Eagle Watcher program until it ended two years ago. He still observes the eagles and sends in reports. Through volunteer work with Stark Parks and extensive reading on eagles, Kavelaris has developed vast knowledge on bald eagles which he shared with his audience.
Kavelaris spoke of the lives of the eagles; from when they first hatch into “prehistoric looking creatures that only weigh a few ounces” to their full-grown size that can be up to 42 inches long with a 90-inch wingspan.
He also shared personal stories about his interactions with the eagles and local wildlife. By the base of a tree in Lake Milton, they discovered a pile of fish hooks that the birds discarded as they ate fish, the staple of their diet.
According to Kavelaris, there are currently an estimated 7,000 bald eagles in the United States, half of which are located in Alaska. With continued protection of the species, that number will continue to grow.
The next CLP speaker will be James Simbro of the Cat Fanciers Association on February 25. The public is welcome to stay for lunch in the Kresge Dining Commons ($6.60) or B&B Café (a la carte) following the session.
For more information, contact the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at (330) 829-8168.