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November 08, 2010

Draft Bald Eagle Recovery Plan Out for Public Review

A draft Vermont Bald Eagle Recovery Plan that will guide the restoration and management of bald eagles in the state in future years is available for public review, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

“Bald eagles are native to Vermont but were absent from the state as a breeding species for almost 70 years,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Migratory Bird Biologist John Buck. “A pair of bald eagles nested at Lake Bomoseen in the 1940s, but after that no eagles were nesting in the state until 2008, when a pair of eagles successfully raised one of their young at a nest in Concord, Vermont.”

“We are encouraged by the nesting success eagles had this year,” he added. “Nine bald eagle pairs nesting in Vermont produced five eagle fledglings.”

DDT and other environmental contaminants are largely to blame for the eagle’s earlier disappearance from Vermont as well as the continental U.S. Bald eagles have made such a good comeback in most of the United States they have been removed from the federal endangered species list. Their recovery in Vermont has been slower than in many states and therefore the bird remains on the State’s endangered species list.

The draft eagle recovery plan lays out management actions aimed at monitoring and protecting nesting sites to help eagles produce young on a consistent basis. The most important goal is to remove the bald eagle from Vermont’s endangered species list. The public is invited to comment on this plan until November 30.

The draft plan is on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) under “Items of Special Interest.”

Comments should be mailed to: John Buck, Migratory Bird Project, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 5 Perry Street, Barre, VT 05641; or e-mailed to: john.buck@state.vt.us

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: November 08, 2010 11:06:25