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Nearly 200 eagles are spending the winter at a power plant along the shore of Lake Erie in Michigan. The birds are drawn ...
to the factory's warm water discharge that's teeming with tasty fish as well as the seclusion of the wooded area nearby. (Feb. 19)
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DURATION:-----------------------------------------1:25 SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYMonroe, Michigan - February 6, 20141. Wide of DTE Energy's Monroe Power Plant2. Mid of a sign outside the plant3. Close of smoke billowing at the plant4. Wide of three eagles in a tree behind the plant with one swooping down5. SOUNDBITE: Matthew Shackelford, Wildlife Biologist, DTE Energy (Transcript Below)6. Wide of eagles soaring past a treeline7. Close of the icy waters of Lake Erie8. Wide of an eagle flying above Lake Erie9. Wide of steam rising from a spillway behind the plantAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYDetroit, Michigan - February 6, 201410. SOUNDBITE (English) Skiles Boyd, Vice President, DTE Energy (Transcript Below)AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYMonroe, Michigan - February 6, 201411. Wide of an eagle flying above the treeline before swooping down12. Wide of two eagles on the iced-over lake with one then flying away13. Mid of a deer walking along a path in the wildlife refuge behind the plant14. Wide of the wildlife refuge15. Mid of a deer looking up16. Close of a deer with snow on its nose17. Wide of birds circling in the mist above Lake ErieAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYDetroit, Michigan - February 6, 201418. SOUNDBITE (English) Skiles Boyd, Vice President, DTE Energy (Transcribed Below)AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYMonroe, Michigan - February 6, 201419. Wide of four eagles in a tree with another bird flying by20. Wide of steam rising from the spillway with trees all around21. Wide of two eagles flying close to the frozen lake22. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Shackelford, Wildlife Biologist, DTE Energy (Transcript Below)23. Wide of an eagle soaring downward24. Wide of two eagles flying in the distance25. Mid of an eagle flying awayVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:NESTLED ALONG LAKE ERIE IS THE BIGGEST POWER PLANT IN MICHIGANDTE ENERGY'S FACILITY IS ALSO A FAVORITE NESTING GROUND FOR AMERICA'S NATIONAL SYMBOLSOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Shackelford, Wildlife Biologist, DTE Energy: "Not many people get to see eagles in the wild. Just seeing one is amazing." (partially covered)CLOSE TO 200 EAGLES LIVE HERE DURING THE COLD-WEATHER MONTHSWHEN MOST OF THE LAKE HAS FROZEN OVER, THE PLANT'S WARM-WATER DISCHARGE ALLOWS ACCESS TO PLENTY OF TASTY FISHSOUNDBITE (English) Skiles Boyd, Vice President, DTE Energy: "We provide such an easy feeding area to them at that plant. They just love (it) there. They're not competing with each other. Anytime they get hungry, they sweep down and grab a fish and have dinner." (partially covered)POWER PLANTS AREN'T TYPICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH WILDLIFE REFUGES, BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT SITS ON HUNDREDS OF ACRES BEHIND THE MASSIVE MONROE PLANTTHE PLANT IS ALSO HOME TO ALL KINDS OF CRITTERS, INCLUDING DEER, DUCKS AND OTHER KINDS OF BIRDSSOUNDBITE (English) Skiles Boyd, Vice President, DTE Energy: "It's a fantastic site. You never get to see that kind of thing anywhere else in those kinds of numbers." (partially covered)THE WINTERING EAGLES ARE THE BIG DRAW, THOUGH, FOR PLANT WORKERS, VISITING WILDLIFE EXPERTS AND THE LUCKY FEW WHO GET A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW DURING AN ANNUAL PLANT TOUR SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Shackelford, Wildlife Biologist, DTE Energy:"And I think it being our nation's symbol, people look at it as a very majestic bird."A BIRD WELL PROTECTED HERE DURING THE BRUTAL WINTER MONTHSSIGOUT - Mike Householder/Associated Press/Monroe, Michigan