VT Officials Asking Bird Watchers to Give Nesting Eagles Space

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/23 2014 03:30PM

Updated 04/23 2014 03:42PM

Credit: Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont officials are asking bird watchers to give nesting bald eagles space. 

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says bald eagles are slowly recovering after being absent in the state for decades. The nests are mostly found along the Connecticut River and surrounding waterways, but can also be found in other areas of the state. 

“Nesting bald eagles need their privacy,” said John Buck, migratory bird biologist for the Fish & Wildlife Department.  “This is a very crucial time of year for the birds.  Most bald eagle pairs are now incubating eggs or may even be tending to newly hatched eagle chicks.”

The department recommends viewing eagles with a good spotting scope or binoculars from a distance of about 300 feet. 

Harassing nesting bald eagles not only harms the birds, but is also illegal and a violation of the state endangered species statute.

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