New Hampshire Sees Surge in Nesting Eagles

May 9, 2016


Credit Peter Gray / NH Audubon

It seems bald eagles are finding a lot to like about New Hampshire.

So far this year, New Hampshire Audubon has identified 39 nests across the state. That is a 30 percent increase over last year and a significant jump from the 1990s when there was only one breeding pair. The birds are attracted to the state's abundant lakes and rivers, especially the Connecticut River Watershed.

The recovery in New Hampshire is part of a nationwide resurgence of the bird, which almost went extinct in the 1960s due to DDT and other chemicals. One of the first species to be listed under the Endangered Species Act, there are now 10,000 nesting pairs in the United States, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.