PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - State wildlife officials are keeping an eye to the sky Friday, as part of a statewide effort to get an idea of how many bald eagles there are in Massachusetts.
Due to conservation efforts, the population of our national bird has been growing in recent decades, and Massachusetts has been no exception to this trend. The bald eagle was even removed from the Federal Endangered Species List .
Still, the state wants to make sure that bald eagles in Massachusetts remain healthy, and that is why MassWildlife sent out teams to several locations across the state Friday to get a count of the majestic birds.
At Onota Lake in Pittsfield, 22News caught up with Andrew Madden, the Western District Supervisor for MassWildlife . He said that concern for the bald eagle gets people to think about protecting other species as well.
"Eagles are a species that generates a lot of interest. Obviously, they're a beautiful bird to see, and so it does help give people a connection to nature, when they go out and see a bald eagle flying around, it's an inspiring sort of thing. And I think that's a positive, it helps get people interested in our wildlife populations, and the environment," Madden said.
In addition to the survey in Pittsfield, wildlife officials will also hold counts Friday in Belchertown, Framingham, and Lakeville.
If you are interested in seeing bald eagles in the wild, wildlife officials recommend these western Massachusetts locations:
- Belchertown: Enfield Lookout or Quabbin Visitor's Center at the Quabbin Reservoir
- Pittsfield: Onota Lake
- Turners Falls: Barton's Cove along the Connecticut River
Other possible places to view bald eagles in Massachusetts include:
- Wachusett Reservoir in West Boylston, Clinton, Sterling, and Boylston
- Merrimack River from the New Hampshire state line to Newburyport
- Lakeville: Tamarack Park Upper Parking Lot by Routes 105 and 18.