(24/7 News) -- The bald eagle is thriving in the buckeye state. After a census in February and March, over 700 bald eagle nests have been confirmed in Ohio.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the nest census was the first undertaking to find sites for the first time in eight years. The results show an increase of 151-percent from the 2012 census, when just under 300 nests were recorded in Ohio.
The Division of Wildlife received approximately 2,500 reports from the public for the 2020 census. Wildlife staff, including wildlife officers and biologists, verified nest locations in 85 of Ohio's 88 counties, including in Ross, Highland and Fayette counties.