Vermont to remove bald eagle from state list

A bald eagle soars over Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Vermont. Credit: Rich

Vermont is preparing to remove the bald eagle its list of threatened and endangered species. In 2008, it was the only state in the continental U.S. without a breeding pair. Since then, conservation work has allowed the eagle population to grow. Last year, biologists counted 64 young bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in the state and 75 in a recovery region that includes portions of New Hampshire and New York. “When people care about something and we all come together to work on things, great things can happen,” said Mark Scott, the director of wildlife for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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