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Number of bald eagles in southeast Wisconsin soars by 27 percent in 2019

Wisconsin's bald eagle population reaches record high
Posted at 10:00 AM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 12:20:41-05

MADISON — According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), southeastern Wisconsin say 27 percent more bald eagles in 2019.

Bald eagle populations grew in nearly all parts of the state in 2019, according to the DNR and this number is expected to continue rising.

"Bald eagles' remarkable comeback continues as they expand into unoccupied territories," said Laura Jaskiewicz, DNR research scientist.

The DNR has been conducting aerial surveys known as nest locations since the 1970s. Thanks to citizen reports, the DNR was better able to find nests using aerial surveys during 2019.

Bald eagles were endangered in Wisconsin and national in the 1970s. However, in 1997 they were taken off the Wisconsin endangered species list. They were removed off the federal list several years later, in 2007.

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