Hatching demonstrates bald eagle's rebound in N.H.
A pair of bald eagles nesting has been found to be raising three healthy eaglets. (PHOTO BY RANDY ROOS)
There are now about 40 nesting bald eagles in the state, MacLeod said. They are here after the state lost most if not all of its bald eagles by the 1970s.
New Hampshire benefitted from other states’ bald eagle restoration efforts, mostly from the Massachusetts’ efforts near Quabbin Reservoir, MacLeod said. Bald eagles, which had nested in the state during winters, started appearing in numbers after the first birth in 1989, which was from a pair of birds that were born near Quabbin.
According the Audubon Society’s Chris Martin, the number of territorial eagle pairs in the Granite State increased from 35 pairs in 2012 to 40 pairs in 2013. In fact, since the late 1990s, the state’s breeding population has been doubling roughly every 4-5 years.
“There appears to be a younger male bird with the same female bird,” he said. “The female and the male that was with her have been there since 2003, but there is a new male, we’re not sure why.”
The nest is a stop for all of the center’s Squam Lake cruises. For more information, go to www.nhnature.org.
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