Bald Is Beautiful
Once endangered, bald eagles have been slowly growing their numbers around the country. Thanks to the careful work of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and its partners on the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management committee – a coalition that includes government agencies, private organizations and Native American tribes – we’ve made good progress recovering bald eagle populations in Arizona.
From tracking just 11 breeding pairs in 1978, we monitored an estimated 69 pairs in 2018. Even more importantly, breeding pairs produced 87 hatchlings and 70 “fledged” eaglets, or eagles who successfully take their first flight from the nest, beating 2017’s record highs. With continual monitoring and habitat protection efforts, we hope to help this majestic bird flourish in Arizona once again.