Bald Eagles Nesting in Vermont
Until April 2006, Vermont was the only state in the contiguous United States that lacked breeding bald eagles. (Numbers went from a few hundred breeding pairs in the 1960’s to nearly 10,000 in the lower 48 states in 2007 and as a result, the bald eagle was removed from the Federal Threatened and Endangered list in 2007.) A three-year bald eagle recovery effort at Dead Creek WMA in Addison, Vermont from 2004 to 2006 released 29 captive young eagles. Bald eagles had been absent from Vermont as a breeding species for almost 70 years when, in 2006, one pair successfully hatched young, although they did not survive long enough to fledge. In 2008, a nesting pair of bald eagles succeeded in raising young that left the nest. Proof of the recovery effort’s success is evident in the 2010 bald eagle nesting results: 9 pairs nested and produced 5 eagle fledglings. It looks like the ban on the pesticide DDT as well as protection and conservation efforts have paid off. Hopefully this trend will continue so that the bald eagle can be removed from Vermont’s endangered species list.