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  • Something Wild: Balds Are Everywhere!

    On a recent edition of NHPR’s The Exchange, Chris and Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of the Squam Lake Natural Science Center were on hand to discuss one of their favorite species. Chris marveled at how bald eagles are everywhere in the state these days. “They’re nesting in Pittsburg; they’re nesting in Hinsdale; they’re nesting in Newcastle.” And they’re noisy, if you listen carefully you can hear their calls all over New Hampshire. The reason for their discussion and the revelation that “balds” are everywhere are based on the results from Audubon’s mid-winter eagle survey. This year’s numbers show an extension of the recent trend of population recovery. As recently as 1980, you’d have been hard pressed to find a bald eagle in New Hampshire. This year’s count found 200 adult eagles and their young, plus another two or three hundred young eagles totaling about 500 bald eagles in the state. But, as we’ve established on Something Wild in the past, a population rebound like this for

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