By Charles Seabrook

For the AJC

Saturday, July 04, 2009

On this Fourth of July, the most patriotic of our holidays, it seems appropriate for an update on our national symbol, the bald eagle.

The news gets better each year for Georgia’s eagles. The final results of this year’s annual nesting surveys by the state Department of Natural Resources exceeded expectations.

Biologists conducting the surveys, mostly by helicopter, counted 124 occupied bald eagle “nesting territories,” 98 successful nests and 162 young fledged, said a happy Jim Ozier, head of the non-game program in DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division.

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