Glimpsing Eagles in Duluth and Metro

By KBJR News 1

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A pair of bald eagles are nesting on Herding Island off of Park Point in Duluth. Residents were able to catch a glimpse of one of the eagles in its nest this morning. They are among a growing number of eagles statewide, according to the DNR.

Bald eagles were once almost extinct and remain an endangered species. Less than 300 breeding pairs could be found in Minnesota in the 1980's, but now there are about 1,300 active nests in the state. Minnesota is the second state in the U.S. with the largest eagle population.

Also, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) eagle camera at a nest in the Metro-area is now going live streaming video. Two eggs have been laid in this nest in the last five days.

This eagle camera was made possible through the DNR's Nongame Wildlife Program and donations. DNR biologists think this is the exact same pair of eagles who were at the nest last year whose eggs failed to hatch probably due to freezing.

"We're excited they came back... With the thaw this week, we're really hoping the birds will be more successful this year," DNR Nongame Specialist, Lori Naumann, said.

To see the nesting pair of eagles live please visit the DNR's website by clicking here.

Posted to the web by Ramona Marozas