Bald eagle population rising in Massachusetts

Hampden County

The bald eagle population is rising in Massachusetts.

The number of bald eagles continues to grow since they disappeared from the Commonwealth in the early 1900s. 

The State Division of Fisheries and Wildlife identified 76 pairs of bald eagles this year that bred 65 chicks, compared to only 68 pairs in 2017. Go back to 2016, and there were only 59 pairs. And it’s likely the numbers are even higher since it’s impossible to document every single nest. 

“They’re plentiful down on the Connecticut River in Barton’s Cove,” Dave Banas of West Springfield told 22News. “You can take a nice boat ride- well, not right now, but maybe in the summertime- and see a beautiful animal.”

After the disappearance roughly a century ago, the state re-introduced the eagles again to the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown in 1982. And since, they’ve been spotted from the Berkshires all the way to Cape Cod. 

Bald eagles are easy to spot — these birds of prey have a wingspan of up to seven feet and can weigh up to 15 pounds — that’s more than the average house cat.

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