Exciting news avian aficionados! According to the National Audubon Society, a pair of bald eagles has decided to shack up on an uninhabited island off the Staten Island coast, marking the first time in 100 years that the majestic birds have nested in the New York City area. Although the pair’s location is being carefully guarded to protect them against poachers, a tugboat captain reportedly saw the feathered duo collecting materials needed for building a nest on an abandoned dock in early January.
The eagles’ arrival is being met with great fanfare from the Audubon Society as well as local animal lovers because no bald eagles have nested in the New York City area in more than a hundred years.
Although the nesting raptors are making history by setting up camp in Staten Island, there are currently 173 breeding eagle pairs in New York State. It should be noted, though, that that number increases in the wintertime when more eagles fly to the east coast from Canada and Alaska.
Since the ban of DDT in the 1970s, the once almost depleted bald eagle population has gradually increased over the years and the beautiful birds are sometimes spotted along the Hudson River searching for food. Thankfully, it seems that the symbolic birds are making a comeback to the area. “Because eagle numbers are increasing,” Bob DeCandido, a Bronx-based ornithologist, told Audubon, “this is probably just the beginning.”
Via DNA Info