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Raptors are making Madison home

Regal birds are roosting in the 608.

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Due to conservation efforts, bald eagles now nest in every county in Wisconsin, including Dane. | Photo via Wisconsin DNR

Madison is for the birds. You may see some of our most majestic feathered friends, like bald eagles and peregrine falcons, in your neighborhood.

Eagles

In the 1970s, there were only 100 nesting pairs of bald eagles in Wisconsin. Last year, a milestone was hit when all 72 counties had active eagle nests.

See one tomorrow at the Pheasant Branch Conservancy’s Eagle Nest Watch Party from 4 to 6 p.m. Naturalists will be on hand at the eagle viewing platform (east of the parking lot at Gaylord Nelson Road and Pheasant Branch Road) providing scopes and binoculars to watch the eagles.

There are also eagle nests at Warner Park and in McFarland.

Falcons

Trudy and Melvin are peregrine falcons that nest at Madison Gas and Electric’s Blount Generating Station. This year, they’ve produced four eggs that are scheduled to hatch between Thursday, May 8 and Sunday, May 11.

You can watch their progress on their own livestream.

Other feathered friends

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