The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the bald eagle population in Arizona "continues to soar."
According to the department's annual survey, a record 87 bald eagles were hatched during the 2018 breeding season, which increased from the previous record of 82 in 2017.
Arizona Game and Fish said the number of these young bald eagles that made their first flights also rose from 2017 numbers, as did the number of eggs laid.
Three new breeding areas were also discovered, wildlife officials said.
“Arizona’s bald eagle population continues to be strong,” Kenneth Jacobson, AZGFD bald eagle management coordinator, said in a release. “The fact that we continue to see an increase in breeding areas and hatchlings speaks to the resiliency of these magnificent animals. Our ongoing efforts to help conserve and protect Arizona’s bald eagles appear to be working.”
December through June is breeding season for bald eagles in Arizona, but Arizona Game and Fish says eagles at higher elevations will nest later than the rest.