Georgia’s department of natural resources completes an annual nesting survey for bald eagles residing within the Peach State. Their most recent survey showed an unexpected increase in the state’s bald eagle population.

 The DNR counted 124 “occupied bald eagle nesting territories” and 98 “successful nests” (where chicks are raised to the age where they can fly) for 2008. Last year, the state counted 112 occupied territories and 85 successful nests The nongame program manager in the wildlife resources division, Jim Czier, counted 124 occupied bald eagle nesting territories and 98 successful nests in helicopter surveys this year.