Road Trip: Eagles soar at Shepaug Dam in Southbury
If you want to get a glimpse of our national bird, you might not have to travel too far.
Bald eagles can be seen at the Shepaug Dam in Southbury feeding during the winter.
Mark Fowler of Grace Farms Foundation and News 12 photojournalist Lori Golias looked at what the majestic national birds were up to.
In the 1970s, there were no nesting bald eagles left in Connecticut. Thanks to conservation efforts, the majestic bird has made a marvelous comeback, Fowler says.
The bald eagle was added to the endangered species list in the '70s, and in Connecticut there were no breeding pairs. Connecticut bald eagles could only be seen as they migrated into the state looking for open water.
However, it was soon discovered that bald eagles were feeding at Shepaug Dam in the winter.
Shortly after the discovery, the state of Connecticut got involved to try to protect the feeding area and migratory area for the bald eagles.
Fowler says what makes Shepaug Dam so unique is that it's actually the largest hydroelectric power dam in Connecticut that is generating green power for 10,000 homes at a time.
Site manager Lucy Walker says the best way to view the bald eagles is to bring along lens cameras for photography, binoculars or a spotting scope.