MENTOR, Ohio — Ohio’s bald eagle population continues to make a comeback as Mentor Marsh, a known spot for eagles to lay their eggs, confirmed there are now two eaglets in the nest.
The two eagles who call this place home have fledged two eaglets from their nest most of the 11 years they’ve been nesting at the marsh. The first year they nested at the Marsh in 2010, they were not successful. Since then, their luck has changed, producing two eaglets on average every year, with the exception in 2017 when they produced three.
The bald eagle continues to be one of the state’s greatest wildlife stories. The results from the nest census this year revealed an increase of 151% from the 2012 census, when 281 nests were recorded in Ohio.
The resurgence of the bald eagle population has been a collaborative effort from concerned landowners, sportsmen and women, rehabilitation centers and the division of wildlife.
Bald eagles are protected under both state law and the federal bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, making it illegal to disturb them.
When viewing these birds, remember to keep a distance of 100 yards away from the bird or nest. Excellent viewing opportunities can be found at several wildlife designated areas such as Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area in Trumbull County, Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area in Sandusky County, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and also near major rivers such as the Muskingum, Hocking, Scioto and Miami.