Bald eagles nesting in New York City

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Bald Eagles Nesting In New York City For First Time In 100 Years

For the first time in nearly a hundred years - bald eagles are nesting in New York City.

According to the National Audubon Society, two bald eagles have built a nest on an inhabitable island off Staten Island. In early January a tugboat captain spotted the eagle couple carrying materials to an unused dock, though the exact location hasn't been specified for the birds' protection.

A Bronx-based ornithologist told the National Audubon Society, "You're talking about a bird that was federally endangered at one time, the symbol of the United States. If people get too close they are going to be in big legal trouble."

Bald eagles were nearly wiped out nationwide due to the use of pesticide DDT, however, since its ban in the 1970s the population has slowly increased. It's estimated there are approximately 170 breeding pairs of bald eagles in New York State, and now New York City is home to one of them.

So keep an eye to the sky, because you might just see an American bald eagle fly over the Statue of Liberty.

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