Portion Of State Park Closed To Protect Eagles

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) – A portion of the Windsor Locks Canal State Park is closed until July 1 to protect a pair of nesting bald eagles.

Bald eagles flock to the shallow area to find fish.

Environmental Commissioner Dan Esty says the number of bald eagles is increasing in Connecticut, but the bird is still a threatened species in the state. He says a disturbance can cause the adult eagles to abandon their nest, leaving the eggs or chicks to die.

The southern end of one trail will remain closed until the young eagles are able to fly, expected by July 1.

Twenty-two bald eagle pairs were documented in the state in 2010, and 18 made nests. Six nests failed and the 12 successful bald eagle pairs had 23 chicks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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