Volunteers help monitor Ohio’s bald eagle population

AVON LAKE, Ohio – There are now more than 800 breeding pairs of bald eagles in Ohio, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

What do you want to know

  • Eagles were once endangered
  • Ohio Wildlife Division officials believe there are now more than 800 breeding pairs of bald eagles in Ohio
  • Stars and Stripes are a pair of eagles related to Avon Lake
  • Two eggs in the Stars and Stripes nest have hatched

The once federally endangered birds have come a long way, and experts say they are now thriving in the state.

This is partly due to many volunteers, like Cindy Duffala, who dedicate their time to surveying the skies and watching the iconic birds.

On any given day, Duffala can be found in a nest of Lake Avon bald eagles, watching and snapping photos of a pair of bonded eagles named Stars and Stripes.

She’s been watching this nest for years.

She said since 2015, 17 eagles have fledged and 20 eggs have been laid, not including three new eggs this season.

Two of the eggs hatched on April 10 and 11.

The new eaglets add to the growing number of bald eagles in Ohio.

Duffala continues to log their activities for the Facebook group she created called Avon Lake Bald Eagles Nest.

The page has nearly 4,500 dedicated followers.

“We have people all over the country, in the United States, and we have someone in the Netherlands,” Duffala said. “It’s just about keeping their history. We’re grateful that with the cameras we were able to know when the egg was laid, when it hatched, when it flew, all that kind of stuff.

There is now at least one bald eagle nest in the majority of Ohio counties.

In 2007, the US Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bald eagle from the federal endangered species list.

More information about Stars and Stripes can be found in the Facebook group.​

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