Bald eagle sightings on the rise across Ohio as nesting season approaches

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Bald eagle sightings on the rise across Ohio as nesting season approaches

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Residents in Ohio can expect to see more bald eagles as their nesting season is fast approaching.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said that nesting season for bald eagles begins in February. Leading up to nesting, the birds are more active.

Females lay one to three eggs in mid-February to late March. The 1-3 eggs usually incubate for 35 days, from February though April.

In the later half of the 20th century, the bald eagle was classified an endangered species.

“Through the diligent efforts of wildlife biologists and a concerned public, the bald eagle population is coming back and is no longer on the federal endangered species list. Its federal and state status is now delisted but it is still in a federal monitoring stage for five years,” the Ohio Department of Natural Resource wrote on their official website.

As for where your most likely to see a bald eagle in Ohio, that would be the marsh region of western Lake Erie. One of the reasons why is the access to ample food, which is fish.

Originally posted by Sarah Wynn at FOX28 on Jan 27, 2019.
Photo: Ohio Department of Natural Resource