Tue., April 10, 2012 10:00am (EDT)

Bald Eagle Numbers Improving
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
A Department of Natural Resources survey finds the number of bald eagles in Georgia has increased since last year. (Photo Courtesy of Glenda Suebee via Flickr.)
A Department of Natural Resources survey finds the number of bald eagles in Georgia has increased since last year. (Photo Courtesy of Glenda Suebee via Flickr.)
A recent survey in Georgia suggests that the bald eagle population is continuing to grow.

Officials at the Department of Natural Resources say they have documented 158 occupied nesting territories, 116 successful nests and 190 young fledged, which means they have the feathers necessary for flight.

Those figures have increased from 2011, when officials counted 142 territories, 111 successful nests and 175 eaglets.

The number of young eagles has dropped slightly since 2010. DNR survey leader Jim Ozier said warm weather might have prompted the eagles to nest and raise their young earlier. Some of those eaglets may have fledged before the DNR's most recent survey was conducted.