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Helicopter Survey Shows Bald Eagle Nests On The Rise

Last updated on Monday, April 19, 2010

(UNDATED) - DNR helicopter surveys have found a record number of bald eagle nests across Indiana. 119 nests were occupied; up from 94 last year.

Bald eagle nests were found by a survey in Allen, Adams, and Shelby counties for the first time ever, and found present in 50 Indiana counties overall.

Eagle nests are most concentrated in southern and west-central Indiana, and along the Wabash River in central Indiana.

Most nests are along the Wabash, White, and Ohio rivers, although some relatively small streams support eagle pairs.

The most nests associated with a lake or impoundment is six at Patoka Lake.

Bald eagles were removed from the federal endangered species list in 2007 and the Indiana list in 2008.

They are considered a species of special concern in Indiana.

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