Montezuma bald eagle survey sees record-breaking numbers

Birders taking part in the Midwinter National Bald Eagle Survey out of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge counted a record-breaking number Friday morning — 81.

The tally exceeds the last record year in 2016 by about four eagles, and smashes last year’s sightings, which were 44.

Volunteers have been conducting the winter count across the nation since 1979. It’s sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey and a number of citizen scientist volunteers.

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