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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 04:40 PM
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Once endangered, eagle population soaring in Michigan, U.S.
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Once endangered, eagle population soaring in Michigan, U.S.
Josh Katzenstein/ The Detroit News

Since they were removed from the endangered species list in 2007, bald eagles have flourished in Michigan and across the United States.

In fact, their population surge has happened almost too quickly.

With more than 700 pairs flying around the state in 2011, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimations, bald eagles have run out of prime habitat typically cottonwood trees near a body of water with ample fish. Eagles normally live miles apart, but occasionally nest closer together if there are enough resources to share, biologist Matthew Stuber of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

Eagles have recently found homes near power plants, including DTE Energy's Monroe and Fermi 2 facilities, prompting DTE to have a naming contest, with four young eagles being named Spirit, Freedom, Honor and Grace on July 1. Other eagles have nested miles from bodies of water, and 13 pairs call Monroe or Wayne counties home. ................(more)

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