I’m bald and I’m beautiful: Kansas celebrates eagle habitat

State News

January 3, 2019 - 10:12 AM

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — About three decades ago, a remarkable ecological comeback started in Lawrence, local eagle biologist Mike Watkins said.

For decades, Kansas had not documented a nesting location for bald eagles within its borders. But in 1989, a fisherman reported seeing America’s national bird in the Lawrence area at Clinton Lake.

“I was skeptical,” said Watkins, who served as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wildlife biologist at the time. “Sure enough, a pair of bald eagles built a nest in some timber that had been flooded (in the lake).”

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