Staten Island Is Bald Eagles’ New Home: First Time In 100 Years

At last, in one hundred years, a pair of bald eagles are coming to permanently stay in New York City to nest for good. They’re now making the South Shore of Staten Island their home, according to the New York City Audubon last Thursday.

A steady increase in the bald eagle’s population for the last several decades has been observed ever since the harmful pesticide DDT was discovered to weaken bald eagle egg shells and then was subsequently outlawed in the 1970’s.  Since then, the birds’ species has prospered and the bald eagle is no longer considered endangered; they have been dropped from the list of extinction.

The nest, discovered by Staten Island birders, was found atop a piece of New York Department of Environmental Conservation property, says Todd Winston, communications manager and research assistant for the New York City Auduborn.

The female eagle was found to be incubating eggs as “Vito”, the male eagle, was guarding his upcoming family.

Bald eagles were seen flying over the city this spring but had not nested until now, Tod Winston said.

The most the city experienced the migrating eagles was in early February, when a pair of bald eagles were seen nesting in Staten Island’s North Shore–but didn’t stay.

At present, the eagles nesting in South Shore made a “practice nest” near the same place last spring, bird watchers observed.

“The presence of Bald Eagles in New York City is a testament to the success of the environmental conservation movement in cleaning up New York’s waterways and habitats,” Winston said. “Bald Eagles are back — for now — and New Yorkers should celebrate, cherish, and continue to protect them.”

Just a pair of eagles was noted to have nested in all of New York State in 1960, as to 173 pairs accounted in 2010, Winston said.

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