Tuesday, December 4, 2018

"report any observations of eagles that are suspected or known to have nests"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The number of bald eagles nesting in Massachusetts appears to be steadily growing amid three decades of efforts to re-establish a natural population of the nation’s animal here. 
State wildlife officials announced last week that they identified 76 territorial pairs of bald eagles this nesting season, up from 68 pairs last year and the 59 pairs counted in 2016. 
From those 76 nests this year, MassWildlife said 65 chicks hatched and survived to fly. Forty-five of the chicks were “banded with silver federal bands and color-coded state bands,” MassWildlife said. 
Bald eagles disappeared from Massachusetts around the turn of the 20th century, with the last known nesting attempt taking place in Sandwich in 1905, MassWildlife said. Upon discovering that some eagles were spending winters in the Quabbin Reservoir area in the early 1980s, MassWildlife and others began restoration efforts."

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photo via Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
photo via Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Visit the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for more about the eagles

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