PHOENIX (AP) — For the first time in decades, bald eagles have been found nesting in an Arizona saguaro cactus.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department revealed Wednesday that biologists discovered a pair of eagles and their eaglets in the arms of a large saguaro during a recent eagle survey. The agency’s coordinator of raptor management says the eagles are on a cactus near a central Arizona reservoir.
He called the find “amazing.” Wildlife biologists have looked for decades for a sighting of bald eagles nesting in Arizona saguaro cacti. According to officials, the last known mention of such a site was a 1937 record.
How Arizona is this! Our eagle survey team captured this image of a bald eagle family nesting in the arms of a saguaro - a rare sight! In fact, it's the first time an image of eagles nesting in a saguaro has been captured in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/OmXRGi9mVE— Arizona Game & Fish (@azgfd) April 16, 2020