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Bald eagles aren’t fledging as many chicks due to avian influenza

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ATHENS, Ga.  — Bald eagles are often touted as a massive conservation success story due to their rebound from near extinction in the 1960s.

But now a highly infectious virus may put that hard-fought comeback in jeopardy.

Published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, new research from the University of Georgia showed highly pathogenic avian influenza, also known as H5N1, is killing off unprecedented numbers of mating pairs of bald eagles.

“Even just one year of losses of productivity like we’ve documented regionally is very concerning and could have effects for decades to come if representative of broader regions,” said. . .

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