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Enjoying WNC's Bald Eagles Responsibly


Last updated 2/11/2021 at 10:16am

Bald eagles are starting to be routinely seen, and nests are being verified around the mountain area. (Credit USFWS)

With 32 new nests discovered over the past 16 years, bald eagles are more common in western North Carolina than they have been in decades, providing a thrill for those fortunate enough to see them, and a challenge to keep that positive trend going.

For years, bald eagle populations struggled with habitat loss and chemical contamination, leading to a string of conservation efforts. In 1940, Congress passed the Bald Eagle Protection Act, prohibiting the selling, killing, or possession of any part (feathers, talons, etc.) of the bird. The law was amended to include golden eagles, and is stil...

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