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Bald eagle population low, but rebounding, in Miss.


The bald eagle population across the country may be making a recovery, but Mississippi remains a less likely place to spot a pair.

A state ornithologist, Mick Winstead, says Mississippi has about 45 active nests -- which is low compared to other states.

Winstead attributes the state's low count of bald eagles to the lack of a systematic survey and the limited amount of wetlands for the birds to nest.

In June, the bald eagle was removed from the U.S. government's list of protected species because its population has increased more than 20 times since the 1960s.

Winstead said bald eagle nests can mostly be found along the Delta and coastal wetlands because they primarily eat fish.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services reports that the state population has increased from three pairs in 1990 to 31 pairs in 2006.

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