Sanctuary Counts Record Number of Bald Eagles

Pennsylvania site tallies 407 this year, shattering old mark
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2010 5:38 PM CST
Sanctuary Counts Record Number of Bald Eagles
An American bald eagle casts a wary eye toward the camera at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

More good news on the bald eagle front: Bird watchers at a major Pennsylvania preserve counted a record number this year—407, beating the previous mark of 245 set only two years ago, reports AP. This year may end up being a statistical anomaly, but it's part of longer-term trend that is "possibly the greatest wildlife success story of our time," says the sanctuary's director. In 1963, only 417 breeding pairs were left in the lower 48 states.
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