© 2023 WSHU
NPR News & Classical Music
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Bald Eagle Population Taking Off In Connecticut

Chris O'Meara

Connecticut environmental officials say the bald eagle population set several records last year.

Officials spotted 64 in 2019, the most in recent years. The previous record was 55. They also found many more chicks and nests last year. 

The pesticide DDT caused massive declines of bald eagles nationwide in the 20th century. The chemicals were banned by the 1970s.

Bald eagles can now be found nesting across the state and U.S. Many live in southwestern Connecticut and the Connecticut River Valley.

Officials are looking for volunteers to keep up the count.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.