Bald Eagles nest in New York City for first time in 100 years

Bald eagles are back nesting in New York City for the first time in close to a century. Two of the species have relocated by building a new nest in an inhabitable island just off Staten Island.

A bald eagle in flight

A bald eagle in flight Image by mnlamberson / CC BY 2.0

Aol.com reports that early last month a tugboat captain identified the bald eagles after he saw them transport nesting materials to an unused dock. The exact location has been kept a secret for the couple’s protection.

The National Audubon Society has been informed by a Bronx-based ornithologist that the bald eagles – the symbol of the United States - were “federally endangered at one time.”

He warned sightseers that if they got too close to the birds, they could find themselves in legal trouble.

The indiscriminate use of DDT almost wiped out Bald Eagles across the US .

The banning of the pesticide in the 1970s has allowed the population to rise slowly. Experts estimate that are about 170 pairs of breeding bald eagles currently in the state of New York.

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