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  • A pair of eagles and their eaglets were photographed nesting in an Arizona saguaro cactus.
  • It’s the first such photograph taken in Arizona.
  • The Arizona Game and Fish Department shared the image on social media.

Bald eagles have been found nesting in an Arizona saguaro cactus for the first time in decades. 

A pair of eagles and their eaglets were spotted on a cactus near a central Arizona reservoir, Kenneth “Tuk” Jacobson, the agency’s coordinator of raptor management, told the Associated Press (AP), calling it “amazing.”


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The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) tweeted photos taken by their eagle survey team on April 15. The department said it was the first image of eagles nesting in a saguaro taken in Arizona. 


Wildlife biologists have long searched for bald eagles nesting in Arizona saguaro cacti since the last known record of such a sighting in 1937, Jacobson told the AP. 

After their population was threatened by hunting in the 20th century, bald eagles have since made a comeback and are now listed under the conservation status of "least concern."


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Published on Apr 16, 2020