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Channel Island Eagles

This undated image provided by the National Park Service shows an eagle feeding a chick in a nest on one of the Channel Islands. Officials say bald eagles continue to expand their range in Southern California's Channel Islands, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years. (AP Photo/National Park Service)

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Bald eagles expand in California’s Channel Islands

By From page A5 | July 18, 2014

VENTURA — Officials say bald eagles continue to expand their range in Southern California’s Channel Islands, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that the discovery means bald eagles have re-established territories on five of the eight Channel Islands. Experts now expect bald eagles to return to all eight islands within a few years.

Bald eagles disappeared from the islands in the 1960s due to human impacts on the environment, primarily use of the insecticide DDT which caused thinning of eggshells that easily broke.

Officials say there didn’t appear to be chicks in the San Clemente nest but it’s encouraging to know that eagles now occupy most of the islands.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

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