Our Opinion: The return of the eagle


The bald eagle, symbol of our nation and at one time extinct in Massachusetts, continues its slow but steady comeback. According to Mass Wildlife on Monday, 76 nests were counted in the state this year, up from 68 nesting pairs in 2017 and 59 a year earlier. The department said 65 chicks hatched and took wing. Eagles had slowly vanished by 1905, prompting wildlife officials to begin settling eaglets brought from Canada near the Quabbin reservoir in the early 1980s. Two nesting pairs were found there in 1989 and the recovery was on. The Onota Lake area has hosted a nest since 2007, with The Eagle's Ben Garver photographing the two birds in flight this past June. While environmental news is usually bad these days, it is encouraging that eagles are rallying in Massachusetts thanks to a concerted effort to again make them welcome.



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