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A bird's-eye view of Vermont's bald eagle population

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BARRE, Vt. -

The number of bald eagle nests in the state of Vermont is soaring. Up until 2002, there hadn't been a confirmed sighting of one in more than 60 years.

Now, Vermont Fish and Wildlife says there are 15 confirmed nests in the state and more than 23 young eaglets.

Wildlife Biologist John Buck says Vermont's bald eagles aren't out of the woods just yet...

"They're secure nationwide, but not in Vermont," he says. "So we have these two levels of viewing. You can look at the 30,000 foot elevation view of the country -- there's eagles all over the place. You look just at Vermont -- there's not very many here."

But the outlook is promising. If the species can keep its current numbers for the next five years, it will be taken off the state's endangered list.

We're not actually able to see or show you these nests because the eagles are endangered. Wildlife officials in the state are fiercly protective about the nests locations.

"There are times, while these endangered species are getting a foothold, that it's best for us to restrain ourselves and our desire to see and photograph and be among and gain the experience," Buck says.

So for now, all eagle enthusiasts can really do is wait for the species to once again spread its wings in the state.

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