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2013 Nebraska Bald Eagle Nesting Report.
The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), a species once threatened with extinction, has increased throughout North America since the mid- to late 20th Century. In Nebraska, the Bald Eagle bred historically, but was absent as a breeder for most of the 20th Century. The first active modern Bald Eagle nest in Nebraska was near Valley, Douglas County in 1991 (Farrar 1991). Since 1991, the number of Bald Eagle pairs nesting in Nebraska has increased (Jorgensen et al. 2010, 2011). In 2007, the Bald Eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. The following year it was removed from the Nebraska list of threatened and endangered species. Even though Bald Eagle numbers have surpassed recovery goals, annual statewide nest monitoring has continued and is coordinated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s (NGPC) Nongame Bird Program. In this report we present results from the 2013 Bald Eagle nest monitoring in Nebraska.