March 15, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 11

Forest Service says Southeast raptors to nest soon

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service in Juneau is warning residents to be respectful of raptors and ravens as they begin nesting in southeast Alaska.

The Juneau Empire reports people should keep a healthy distance — 100 to 200 yards — from eagles, owls and during nesting season, which starts early for the birds.

A tipoff for eagles that nesting has begun is seeing them carrying branches and other materials.

Forest Service Biologist Brian Logan says disturbances can cause raptors to abandon nests and the risk of nest abandonment is greater during early stages of nesting.

The agency says southeast Alaska is home to 13,000 to 26,000 bald eagles, the highest density anywhere.

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