Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Record number of eagles winter at wildlife refuge.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Bill Dyroff For the Journal

BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE The eagles have landed here in record numbers this year. Unprecedented numbers of bald and golden eagles are wintering at this popular refuge about 18 miles south of Socorro.

And on any given day, most if not all of them are likely to be our national bird, the American bald eagle.

"We usually have a small eagle population wintering from Bosque del Apache to The Narrows at Elephant Butte," says John Taylor, biologist at the refuge. "In the mid-'90s our eagle numbers were in the 20s, and then up in the 30s for the late 1990s. Now, this winter we've had a huge jump, and earlier this year had a count of just over 90 eagles. …

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