FILE- In this March 5, 2014 file photograph, a juvenile bald eagle flies over the western shoreline of Lake Champlain in Essex, N.Y. Vermont biologists say the number of bald eagles that successfully nested in the state, including on Vermont's eastern shoreline of the lake, set a modern-day record in 2017. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2012 file photo, a pair of nesting bald eagles perch in a tree near their nest on Lake Bomoseen in Castleton, Vt. Vermont biologists say the number of bald eagles that successfully nested in the state set a modern-day record in 2017. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File )
Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:20 am
Vermont sees modern-day record for bald eagle reproduction
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont biologists say the number of bald eagles that successfully nested in the state set a modern-day record this year.
The state's Department of Fish and Wildlife says 21 adult bald eagle pairs successfully produced 35 young.
Bald eagles remain on Vermont's endangered species list, but another strong year of growth has biologists hopeful for their continued recovery.
Most bald eagles nest along the Connecticut River, Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and other large inland bodies of water.
In 2002, biologists discovered the first bald eagle nest in the state following a 60-year absence. But it wasn't until 2008 when the first young bald eagle successfully left its nest.
Also this year, peregrine falcons successfully raised at least 63 young birds and loons successfully raised 93 young birds.