Record 70 Bald Eagles Reach Fledgling Age in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -

New Hampshire wildlife officials say the latest numbers show that the state’s bald eagle population is continuing its strong rebound.

The Fish and Game department told the Concord Monitor that 70 eagles reached fledging age over the summer, the most ever recorded. Eagle chicks are considered fledged at about 12 weeks old, when they begin to fly away from and then return to their nest.

This year also saw the state’s first productive re-nesting by bald eagles. A pair nesting in Strafford County successfully fledged one chick in late August. The state also identified six new breeding territories this year.

Officials say since bald eagles returned to New Hampshire in 1988, a total of 497 chicks have fledged from nests located across the state.