Arizona’s bald eagles hit it out of the park in 2011
Wednesday, September 14 2011 @ 03:46 PM EDT
Contributed by: karenbills
Aug 31, 2011
Three new breeding records set
Arizona’s bald eagles continue to flourish in the state with three record breeding achievements in 2011. With the last bald eagle nestling out of the nest, biologists declared that a record number of breeding areas were occupied; a record number of eggs were laid; and, a record number of fledgling birds took to Arizona’s skies.
This year, at least 79 eggs were laid, a record 55 breeding areas were occupied, and 56 nestlings fledged. These record breaking numbers indicate that the species’ breeding population in Arizona continues to grow.
Getting a young nestling to the critical point of fledging, or taking its first flight, is perhaps one of the best indicators of a successful breeding season, and in 2011, 10 more fledglings conquered that major milestone compared to the year prior.
“Seeing the continual year-after-year growth of the bald eagle breeding population in Arizona is extremely gratifying for all of the partners involved in intensely managing the species,” said Kenneth Jacobson, Arizona Game and Fish Department bald eagle management coordinator. “The Southwest Bald Eagle Management Committee’s years of cooperative conservation efforts, including extensive monitoring by the Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program, continue to pay off and help this riparian-dependent population grow in a desert environment.”
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