Bald eagles found nesting in arms of Arizona saguaro

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Bald eagles found nesting in arms of Arizona saguaro
Bald eagles found nesting in arms of Arizona saguaro

Until now, bald eagles using saguaro cacti in Arizona for nesting was a long-time speculation. On Wednesday, the Arizona Game and Fish Department [AZGFD] announced that they finally have proof after a rare sighting.

AZGFD says its biologists searched historical records for another instance of the rare sight. All they found was a record in 1937 of a man who saw nests in saguaros along the lower Verde River that were believed to be that of bald eagles, but there was no further documentation.

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Biologists have long speculated eagles could make nests in the arms of a saguaro and were searching for decades.

“It’s been an 18-year trek for me, keeping my eye out for a bald eagle nest in a saguaro, so finally finding one is amazing,” AZGFD’s raptor management coordinator Kenneth “Tuk” Jacobson said.

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