By May Hunter

Eagles are a common sight in Southern Utah. There are a few bald eagle mates that stay year-round in Southern Utah. Eagles reuse their nest every year, therefore staying in the same area. Once eagles mate successfully, and raise young ones from that nest, they will continue to every year. The birds will keep adding to the nest every year, cleaning out debris from the previous year, making repairs, making sure the nest is ready for the new chicks.
Bald eagles fear humans at all times, but will tolerate much less disturbance during the nesting season, than at other times of the year. A nesting pair will seek isolation, and any human interference, if prolonged, may drive the birds away from the nest.
Division of Wildlife Services encourages you to get outdoors and get to know your local wildlife from a safe distance. If you see any of these bald eagles, who call Utah their home year round, especially if the young ones are in the nest-please keep your distance. For about two and a half months, the parents will care for the chicks by bringing food to the nest. After approximately 12 weeks, the chicks work their way out onto the branches near the nest. They’ll learn to fly, but stay in the nearby area.
If you want to take pictures make sure you are at least 600 feet away from the eagles and their nests. You can get really close pictures using a telephoto lens on your camera or simply use a good pair of binoculars.
Bald eagles are rebounding, but they’re still well below their historic numbers. It is impossible to see an adult Bald Eagle soaring overhead without feeling something-a flash of recognition, or maybe even a surge of hope. Eagles have been a symbol of strength, courage, and freedom for generations. When you see a bald eagle, it could be a reminder to recommit yourself to your short and long-term goals and make your dreams come true.
The Founding Fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the nation. The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird symbolized the strength and freedom of America. But as latter-day citizens we shall fail our trust if we permit the eagle to disappear.
There are few sights more thrilling than a bald eagle at its nest. Responsibilities come with this enjoyment. As you enjoy eagles, you must ensure your presence and behavior do not have a detrimental effect on the eagles.
Respect their space, enjoy their presence at a distance with good optics.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation-the Bald Eagles.


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