With the last bald eagle nestling finally out of the nest, the numbers are in and a record number of eaglets took to Arizona's skies in 2008.
A record 53 nestlings reached the fledgling milestone this year, a 26 percent increase over the previous year. The number of young hatched also increased by four birds over last year. "Arizona's intensive management of the species is paying off," said Kenneth Jacobson, Arizona Game and Fish Department bald eagle management coordinator. "The period between the bird hatching and taking its first flight is a critical time. The bald eagle nestwatch program and regular monitoring played a significant role in helping these nestlings develop from eggs into independent fledglings."