Bald eagle making comeback

Tuesday, January 06 2009 @ 07:51 AM EST

Contributed by: jwnix

King County Record, Published Tuesday January 6th, 2009 Bald eagle making comeback

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The largest bird of prey in Canada is making a comeback in New Brunswick, Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles said recently.

"Information collected in the spring shows the bald eagle population to be an estimated 110 to 145 breeding pairs," said Stiles. "That's double the number of known breeding pairs 10 years ago and a huge jump from the 12 breeding pairs back in 1980."

The bald eagle is listed as regionally endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

In April, the Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, conducted an aerial survey to estimate the number of breeding pairs of bald eagles in New Brunswick.

Over six days in April, a pilot biologist from Maine and two department staff flew over predetermined areas to look for adult nesting eagles. Information was recorded using GPS technology and hand-held computers.

Afterwards, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and the department analyzed the data and reported on the findings. Stiles said the department is developing an update.

"Information gathered during the survey will be critical to the development of this report and allow us to make informed decisions about the continued recovery of the species in our province," he said.

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