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Posted 5/23/2013

Release no. 13-031


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Robert Kidd
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EASTMAN LAKE, Calif. (May 23, 2013) – The Lakeview Trail at Eastman Lake has re-opened to hikers as the pair of bald eagles nesting near there did not fledge offspring this year, according to park officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park near Madera.

Park rangers have removed closure signs at the Raymond Bridge and Codorniz Recreation Area trailheads.

“We’re grateful to our visitors for their patience these past few months as we’ve worked to protect our nesting eagles,” said Eastman park manager Jerry Magnuson. “We’re disappointed not to see them fledge offspring this year, but we look forward to doing our part to give them another shot next year.”

Bald eagles began nesting at Eastman Lake in 1993. Since that time, more than 40 eagles have fledged from nests at Eastman Lake, making this one of the most productive bald eagle sites in California.

Bald eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Corps is committed to the protection of endangered and threatened species, and manages its lands to promote the survival of these species for future generations.

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