BECKLEY (AP) — The only confirmed nesting pair of bald eagles in the New River Gorge National River has a full nest again this year for the third year in a row.
Wendy Perrone of the Three Rivers Avian Center tells The Register-Herald of Beckley that the pair’s two eaglets hatched the first week in March and are expected to leave the nest the first week of May. Until then, the adult eagles, affectionately called Whitey and Streaky, will take turns staying with the nest and hunting for food.
Perrone says the story of the bald eagles is one of success. In 2007, the birds were removed from the Endangered Species List, but they still face lead poisoning and acts of aggression.
Perrone estimates there is a resident population of at least 11 nesting pairs in the New River Gorge National River, but no other nests have been located.