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Image Gallery: Mitchell Byrd remains a friend of the college

At 86, alumnus Mitchell Byrd has lost neither his eagle-spotting ability nor his passion for birds. The aptly named Byrd still boards a private plane for annual eagle-sighting flights over the James and Rappahannock rivers, as he has for the past 38 years.

The plane cruises at an altitude of about 300 feet, sometimes slowing down to 80 mph for a better view. Byrd describes it as “living on the edge” and wonders how much longer he’ll be able to make the flights. The information he gathers is used to predict future eagle habitat and is shared with land planners in the hope that key roosting areas will be sheltered from development.

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