Successful nesting season for Vermont bald eagles

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) It was a good year for Vermont's bald eagle population.

Courtesy: Vt. Fish and Wildlife-John Hall

Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials say 23 known nesting pairs produced at least 33 successful young this year.

The bald eagle remains on the list of species protected under Vermont's state endangered species law but its continued recovery success may enable it to be delisted within the next five years. Officials say the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and a ban on DDT have all aided in the eagle's recovery here.

Bald eagle populations have recovered in most of the U.S. and are off the federal endangered species list. However, they are still on Vermont's state endangered species list as they continue to recover.