Record High Number of Nesting Bald Eagles in New York

NEW YORK - The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the highest number of nesting bald eagle pairs since restoration efforts began in 1976.

"Early indications from 2017 aerial surveys have revealed that approximately 73 percent of bald eagle territories are occupied this year," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

"New York State has been a leader in the restoration and recovery of the bald eagle in the northeastern United States, and this news confirms that our rivers, lakes and forests are capable of supporting our nation's symbol for generations to come," Seggos continued.

There are estimated to be a record-setting 323 breeding pairs.

In 2016, a record number of nesting territories were verified. 53 new territories were found, making a total of 442 breeding territories in New York.

The number of territories has been steadily increasing, and the DEC has found at least 20 new territories each year since 2010.

New Yorkers who find pairs of nesting eagles are encouraged to contact the DEC at (518) 402-8957 or by email.


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