Bald Eagles Soaring In Numbers

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Many people love a comeback story and this one is no different. 

Once on the endangered species list, the number of bald eagles are now soaring across the country, including right here in KELOLAND. 

A bald eagle screeching on a bitter cold morning  is a breath of fresh air.  

“Bald Eagles came off the endangered species list about 10 to 12 years ago so that’s a pretty big success story for North America and the United States,” Wildlife Supervisor for the Game, Fish and Parks Department Josh Delger said. 

Delger says bald eagles are making their presence known all across the state. 

“Since they’ve been expanding their range.  We’ve seen them start to nest around Sioux Falls, even inside the city limits in some cases,” Delger said. 

Daren Teggatz, who works at Great Bear Ski Valley and is a retired military man, sees the bald eagles often.  

“One time we were working out here on the lower lift and there were seven of them flying around.  You could see them right above,” Teggatz said. 

A sight like this makes him proud. 

“It’s a symbol of the United States of America; the freedoms we have.  They’re so free up there, floating around; it represents our freedoms,” Teggatz said. 

When they’re not flying, they sit high in the trees along the river banks, perched with pride.

“We do have a handful of nests around the Sioux Falls area and primarily along the river corridors and the creeks.  We more than likely are going to see more and more of them in the future,” Delger said. 

If you’d like to learn more about bald eagles, there are several events planned for this weekend in celebration of Bald Eagle Awareness Days, click here for more information. 

Watch additional video of the eagles below.

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