Vermont releases draft Bald Eagle Recovery Plan

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
Posted: 11/10/2010 11:04:04 PM EST

Wednesday November 10, 2010

BENNINGTON — The state has released a draft of its Bald Eagle Recovery Plan and is accepting public comments.

The plan can be viewed at Fish and Wildlife Department’s Website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com. It is filed under the link “Items of Special Interest” on the lower right hand side of the home page.

“Bald eagles are native to Vermont but were absent from the state as a breeding species for almost 70 years,” according to a release by John Buck, migratory bird biologist. He said a pair nested at Lake Bomoseen in the 1940s, but no successful nests were found until 2008, in Concord. “We are encouraged by the nesting success eagles had this year,” he added. “Nine bald eagle pairs nesting in Vermont produced five eagle fledglings.”

While no longer on the federal endangered species list, the eagles are still endangered in Vermont. The goal of the management plan is to change that, Buck said. The plan lays out methods of monitoring and protecting nests sites. Public comments are being accepted until Nov. 30

Full article – http://www.benningtonbanner.com/local/ci_16579562

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