Louisiana’s bald eagle population continues to flourish, according to the latest bald eagle nest survey conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
The survey, done in southeast Louisiana where the majority of bald eagles in the state reside, showed 264 active nests.
“The productivity and nesting success continues to be good in Louisiana for the bald eagle,’’ said Michael Seymour, LDWF’s non-game ornithologist. “The most recent survey (in 2017-18) for eagles show the number of chicks to be very high. The productivity was close to 100 percent in both the maximum and minimum values of the survey.’’
LDWF conducted a statewide survey in 2014-15 and surveyed 647 nests, including 355 that were considered active.
“You’d say the current survey is almost 100 nests fewer less than the last time we flew (in 2014-15),’’ Seymour said. “But the 2017-18 survey is a much reduced land area. We surveyed 647 total nests back in 2014-15 in the statewide survey. This time we surveyed 599 nests in a much smaller survey area.
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