Bald Eagles Build Nest Off Coast of Staten Island

Posted by on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 4:16pm

A pair of bald eagles were spotted gathering materials to build a nest on an unused dock last month. According to the National Audubon Society, these eagles are the first to inhabit New York City in over 100 years.

Audubon also reports that only about 170 breeding pairs of bald eagles live in the entirety of New York State. The eagle population was nearly depleted due to the use of the pesticide DDT. But the ban of the harmful chemical in the 1970s, the bird population has been on the incline.

This nesting pair is not the only bald eagle sighting our borough has had recently. Last year, a couple of bald eagles were seen near Prince's Bay. Experts predict that since the population has been increasing, this could be just the beginning of a new wave of bald eagle nesting in our area.

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