Mark Wilson for The Boston Globe
Governor Deval Patrick and state environmental officials today banded young bald eagles at the Quabbin Reservoir, a counting mechanism under the state's bald eagle restoration program.
The Quabbin is one of 34 bald eagle breeding sites across Massachusetts.
"Itís great to see the bald eagle making such a strong, steady resurgence here," Patrick said in a statement.
The bald eagle restoration programis a joint effort of the Department of Fish and Gameís Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, as well as the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and private partners.
Bald eagles were put on the US Endangered Species List in 1973 after being victimized by habitat loss and reproductive failure linked to exposure to pesticides.
The birds have rebounded such at the Fish and Wildlife Service removed them from the federal endangered list in July 2007.
In January, an annual one-day survey of wintering bald eagles conducted statewide yielded a record count of 107 eagles, up from eight birds counted in 1980.
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