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Bald Eagle Population Taking Off in New York State

Bald Eagle Population Taking Off in New York State

In 1975 only one pair of bald eagles was documented by the local government, and that pair did not have any babies. Flash ahead to the current day, and it could be that there are more bald eagles than ever.

In 2008, 573 were counted. This year, the count could be even higher. This number was quite an increase from the 51 breeding pairs and 71 young raised in 2000. Last year 173 breeding pairs raised 223 eaglets. Some of the eagles counted in New York migrated there from Canada. Many of the New York eagles live along the St. Lawrence, Hudson and Delaware rivers.

DDT and other pesticides in the food chain nearly wiped out bald eagles in New York. The fish that eagles ate to survive were contaminated with man-made chemicals and ingesting the chemicals caused eagles to produce infertile eggs. Because of the severe loss of wild eagles, the state of New York began a bald eagle restoration program in 1976. 198 nesting bald eagles were imported from other US states, mainly Alaska, over a thirteen year period.

Once breeding pairs began to produce offspring annually, the population began to grow and stabilize. Today the emphasis is on protecting the breed pairs and their nesting sites. The public can assist bald eagles and the bald eagle management program by reporting to authorities any harassment or assaults on bald eagles. Of course, harming bald eagles is illegal.

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5:24PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Thank you Jake, for Sharing this!

5:00AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Lived most of my life in NY and always enjoyed driving down the Hudson River and seeing them flying over head......So happy things are improving.

6:28PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Thanks Jake this is good news!! Go EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!~

3:48PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

One more reason to ban fracking in NY

4:11AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Thanks for the article.

1:46AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

That's GREAT news! Hope it continues and grows to other states!

7:31AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thank you. I've been birding for 30 years now, have been aware of the plight of the Eagles, but did not know how successful they have been in NYS.

6:49AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

How wonderful

6:07AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

thanks

5:02PM PDT on May 5, 2012

Wonderful!

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