Record number of bald eagles raised in New Hampshire this year

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Published: 10/24/2018 12:54:00 PM

Bald eagles continue to thrive in New Hampshire, as 70 eaglets reached fledging age in the Granite State over the summer, the most ever recorded.

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game, since bald eagles returned to New Hampshire in 1988, a total of 497 bald eagle chicks have fledged from nests located across the state, a quarter them in just the past two breeding seasons. Eaglets are considered fledged at 11 to 12 weeks of age, when they begin to fly from and then return to the nest.

“New Hampshire’s bald eagle population has experienced a remarkably strong recovery over the past two decades, and this rebound is particularly evident in our 2018 breeding season results,” said Chris Martin, a raptor specialist with New Hampshire Audubon who coordinates statewide eagle monitoring efforts.

This year also saw the state’s first productive re-nesting by bald eagles when a pair nesting in Strafford County failed during incubation, but then laid a second clutch of eggs and successfully fledged one chick in late August. Other highlights from this year’s findings include the identification of six new breeding territories and the documentation of two nests that produced three young.

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