BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- State wildlife authorities say Georgia's bald eagle population had a strong nesting year, and the population is expected to grow.
The Florida Times-Union reports that wildlife biologists counted 142 occupied nests statewide in January and March, a slight increase from 139 last year.
Jim Ozier, a program manager with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said the eagle nest count this year was better than 2009 when the survey found 128 active nests, 101 successful nests and 166 eaglets, he said.
He said that overall, Georgia's eagle population is strong and he expects that it will continue to climb. Authorities say active eagle nests were found this year in 49 Georgia counties.