Bald Eagles in the Park

Bald eagle

Bald eagle parent on alert.

©JIM KAFTAN


Bald eagles are routinely seen along the Cuyahoga River.


The Cuyahoga Valley, with expansive, secluded wooded wetlands and rebounding fish populations, has become an ideal place for eagles to feed and nest. Eagles prefer tall trees and pre-existing nests that they can expand.

Bald eagles have been steadily increasing throughout the nation. In Ohio the greatest concentration occurs along western Lake Erie near Sandusky, from where eagles have been dispersing to new areas.

 
Eagle brings stick to nest

Nest building activities begin early in the year.

©R. BELKIN

Beginning In 2006, bald eagles built a nest in the Pinery Narrows area in Brecksville, the first recorded in Cuyahoga County in more than 70 years. That nest was unsuccessful, but the breeding eagles returned and nested the following years with these results:

  • 2007 - one eaglet successfully hatched and fledged
  • 2008 - one eaglet successfully hatched and fledged
  • 2009 - a late winter storm in February 2009 caused the nest to fail
  • 2010 - two eaglets successfully hatched and fledged
  • 2011 - a storm in early March blew down the entire nest tree; another nest was start but no eggs hatched
  • 2012 - one eaglet successfully hatched and fledged
  • 2013 - two eaglets successfully hatched and fledged
  • 2014 - two eaglets successfully hatched and fledged
 
Young Eagles at Play

Two juvenile eagles at play in spring 2013.

©JIM KAFTAN

Although recently removed from the endangered species list, the bald eagle is still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Both federal laws prohibit taking, killing, selling, or otherwise harming eagles, their nests, or eggs. Bald eagles returned to the Cuyahoga Valley in 2006, after an absence of 70 years.

To learn more about bald eagles read our Bald Eagles Return site bulletin.

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