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Are there bald eagles in Arkansas? | 11 Listens

In 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species, but one viewer wants to know how the population is doing in Arkansas.
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Portrait of a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus)

You ask, we listen. Tonight, we’re answering questions about a bird that was once placed on the endangered species list.

In 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species, but one viewer wants to know how the population is doing in Arkansas. We talked to Trey Reid with Arkansas Game and Fish, who said that while the eagle population is doing really well in the United States, here in Arkansas it varies from year to year.

“They’re a migratory bird. We do have some that are here year-round. They nest here and maybe fly to point south during the winter,” Reid said.

Reid said that while we do have some resident and migratory birds, they don’t have information on an overall census. But if you’re looking for good places to find them, you won’t have to look very far.

"State parks and some of our Arkansas Game and Fish nature centers are good places to go to find out specific spots where you can go out and see eagles,” Reid said. “But big bodies of water or rivers or big lakes are good places to find them."

Again, Reid said the eagle population is doing really well. He said he recently noticed a breeding pair in central Arkansas near Reservoir Park.