Wildlife officials say a pair of bald eagles apparently nested and raised at least one eaglet along the upper Connecticut River this spring, potentially erasing Vermont’s stigma as the only state in the lower 48 without nesting bald eagles.
Steve Parren, of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, says the state was able to verify that a nest exists after someone reported and photographed it and the young eagle.
Officials say they found fragments of egg shell, feathers and fish bones but haven’t seen the birds, except in the photographs.
While the revival of the bald eagle has been a national success story, none are known to have successfully reproduced in Vermont since the 1940s, before DDT took the species to the brink of extinction.
In 2006, a pair nested in Rockingham and hatched an eaglet but the young bird was later found dead.