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Indiana’s Oldest Bald Eagle Seen

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Indiana’s oldest wild bald eagle was spotted at Lake Monroe late last month. The 29 year old bird is among the original 73 bald eagles brought to Indiana in the 1980s. Assistant Nongame Bird Biologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Amy Kearns, says the eagles were brought from Alaska to Indiana in hopes to restore the bald eagle nesting population.

Professional photographer Stuart Forsythe was able to capture images of the eagle in the Middle Fork Wildlife on June 24th. Researchers were able to identify her by the distinctive red leg band labeled C43.

The restoration program is one of many programs dedicated to protecting endangered and threatened species in Indiana. It is the first endangered species restoration project initiated by the Department of Natural Resources’ non-game wildlife staff.

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