Prime Time for Viewing Eagles

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Now is the time to keep your eyes peeled for one of the country’s most majestic birds.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said this time of year is perfect for spotting Bald Eagles. Officials said the eagle’s population has increased dramatically in recent years. ODNR Wildlife officials said their size, wingspan and dark body are easy to spot against winter snow and ice.

“An eagle’s wings are going to be straight out from the body. They’re going to be pretty flat. If the sun is shining you might notice when they turn the white tail or white head, which is a dead giveaway that you’re seeing a bald eagle,” explained Assistant Wildlife Management Supervisor Chris Smith.

This time of year their nesting activity is increasing. Bald Eagles in Ohio lay eggs and incubate in February and March in large trees like Sycamores, Oaks and Cottonwoods. It’s important if you come across an Eagle nest to keep you distance.

“We encourage people to stay at least 100 yards away and obviously if you are 100 yards away it’s good to have binoculars or a spotting scope, but even if you don’t it’s still a sight to see. But, we encourage people not to disturb them,” said Smith.

ODNR said they know of six active nests in Muskingum County. They are mostly on the Muskingum river and there’s one at Dillon State Park.

If you spot an eagle’s nest you can report it at

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.