Number of breeding bald eagles in Arizona grows

PHOENIX -  With the bald eagle breeding season in Arizona coming to a close, the state's population continues to flourish.

For the 2010 breeding season, three new active breeding areas were identified, bringing the total number of occupied breeding areas in the state to 52. The total number of breeding adult bald eagles also grew to 104, which is the highest on record. 

This year, under the careful watch of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and a coalition of 22 other partners that make up the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee, 44 eaglets also reached the critical point of taking their first flight, an important milestone for a young bird's chances of survival. 

Bald eagle numbers over the past 30 years have grown more than 600 percent in the state.

"Identifying three new breeding areas in the state is a positive sign that our population of bald eagles continues to grow and do well," said Kenneth Jacobson, Arizona Game and Fish Department bald eagle management coordinator.