Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Bald eagles are returning to Minnesota on their way back from spring migration. The Minnesota DNR says they may be seen in large numbers across parts of the state over the next few weeks.
The DNR explains that fall migration typically occurs as lakes and rivers freeze over, since most eagles prefer eating fish, but not all eagles migrate south. If they do stick around Minnesota they begin courting and nesting earlier.
"Ice is breaking up along the rivers, so it's definitely time for folks to keep their eyes out," DNR regional nongame wildlife specialist, Lisa Gelvin–Innvaer, said. "In Minnesota, the biggest migrations tend to be along the Minnesota River corridor, the north shore of Lake Superior and around Lake Pepin in southeastern Minnesota."
Minnesota ranks third in the U.S. among states with the largest nesting population of eagles. Eight years ago researchers estimated there are more than 1,300 active nests in the state.
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