For the first time in more than 50 years, the Hanford nuclear reservation is now home to two baby bald eagles. Wildlife biologists say this is a good sign for bald eagles and for the area.
Workers spotted the nest in late February.
Now, the two eagles are about 10 weeks old. They’re getting ready to fly. At 31-inches-tall, they’re almost the size of an adult.
Department of Energy spokesman Cameron Salony says bald eagles have tried to nest at the Hanford site before.
Salony: “But this is the first successful one that we know of, where the eaglets actually hatched. That’s the first time since 1943 that we know of.”
Wildlife biologists say the successful hatching shows bald eagle numbers are continuing to grow in eastern Washington. They say a major reason the birds stopped nesting in the area was because of pesticides like DDT.
Biologists also say habitat is an important factor to support two young birds. Near this nest there are tall cottonwood trees and plenty of fish in the Columbia River.
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