More bald eagles are making Iowa their home than possibly anytime in state history. The majestic creatures are on the hunt at this time of year and the big birds are now available for viewing in every corner of the state. One was spotted near the KIOW Studios in Forest City just before Christmas Eve. Others have been sighted near Crystal Lake and in Clear Lake.
Pat Schlarbaum, a wildlife diversity technician with the Iowa D.N.R., says there are more than 400 eagle nesting pairs across the state’s 99 counties.
Iowa had no bald eagles for roughly seven decades until a nesting pair was confirmed in the state in the late 1970’s. There are bald eagle watch events scheduled throughout northwest Iowa.