Arizona’s bald eagles set a new population record this year
Friday, September 16 2016 @ 02:00 PM EDT
Contributed by: Windsong
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Arizona’s bald eagles set a new population record this year with 65 pairs of eagles producing 78 chicks.
The unique population of desert-nesting eagles has steadily expanded its nesting areas in the past 20 years, despite the removal of endangered species protection several years ago.
Eagles nearly died out nationally and struggled for years to make a comeback in Arizona, where they mostly nest along the Salt and Verde rivers, with additional territories in places like Woods Canyon Lake.
Environmentalists have waged a legal battle for years to convince the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain the endangered status for the isolated population of Arizona eagles, since they don’t generally mate with the migratory bald eagles from elsewhere in the country.
However, the 2016 population count indicated that the desert nesting eagles continue to recover.
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