The year's first eaglet in Ohio has hatched in Huron County.
Volunteer eagle watchers for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife reported at least one eaglet hatched March 5 in the nest, the location of which has not been disclosed. They have been observing the nest since late January.
It will be several weeks before wildlife biologists can determine how many eaglets are in the nest.
The incubation period for bald eagle eggs is 35 days. Young eagles fledge 72 to 75 days after hatching and leave their home nesting territory by the time they are 18 to 20 weeks old.
Currently, adult bald eagles are incubating eggs in 58 nests across the state evidence of the success of Ohio's bald eagle management program. A record 158 active eagle territories have been identified in the state so far this year.
Twenty-nine years ago, Ohio had only four nesting pairs of bald eagles, mostly along the Lake Erie shore. In 2006, a record 150 eagle pairs produced 206 young.