All eyes on the eagles


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By initial count, 42 American bald eagles are enjoying their annual winter break at Marion Reservoir this year, according to Torey Hett, administrative clerk in the U.S. Corps of Engineers office. He and other members of the lake staff embarked on an eagle survey in

early January at the request of the state. ?For that survey we drive all the back roads and look through binoculars at all the eagles,? he said. ?We?ve had more in the past, but that?s a pretty good number. They?re definitely out here.? He said the eagles can be seen in various areas around the lake. If past tradition holds true, the noble birds will remain at the lake until late February.

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