Georgia eagle population continues steady growth

Georgia eagle population continues steady growth

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A still pulled from the eagle nest cam (Courtesy: Berry College) A still pulled from the eagle nest cam (Courtesy: Berry College)

By JOHNNY CLARK
Associated Press

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - During a late-March aerial survey by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, more than 25 bald eagle nests were counted in northeastern Georgia. All but three represented viable adults and chicks.

The bald eagle, once common in Georgia but completely absent during the early 1970s, is back in surprising numbers.

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The March 27 survey of primarily east Georgia lakes logged nearly five hours in the air and covered over 500 miles. The purpose of the mission was to check for the existence of hatchlings that might have been born since January.

Wildlife Resources Division officials estimate more than 250 viable nests in the state.

To illustrate the dramatic success of the eagle's comeback in the state, only one nesting pair was known in 1980.

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