Bald eagle population count under way<br>

Biologists here are doing a systematic count of the wintering bald eagle population and are looking for sighting information from the public

Reporting so far indicates some five or six bald eagles in the South Rim area from Desert View to Hermit’s Rest, and anywhere from two to 25 wintering in the Canyon.

“There are always one or two at Phantom Ranch,” said Ward.

He said that while some bald eagles find the Canyon to their liking, it doesn’t support a major wintering population. Ward said they migrate in more significant numbers to Colorado and prefer to settle around large bodies of water rather than rivers.

The Arizona Fish and Wildlife Department is doing its own assessment in areas outside the park and have several known migratory routes that they travel to do counts, he said.

People are asked to report sightings of both bald eagles and golden eagles to Carmen Jurgensen at the Science Center, either by calling 638-7664 or e-mailing They should note the time of day, specific location and the eagle’s behavior at the time of sighting.


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