AZ Game & Fish Biologists Document Rare Saguaro Eagle Nest in Historic Photos

   04.16.20

Until just recently, bald eagles nesting in the arms of saguaro cacti had been a long-time speculation, but nobody had any hard evidence. On Wednesday, however, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) released the first ever documented photos of a Saguaro eagle nest.

For decades, biologists have been on the look out for a pair of bald eagles who setup shop in an Arizona saguaro, and they finally did it.

“How Arizona is this!” AZGFD said on Twitter, followed by a series of photos captured by their eagle survey team:

Saguaro Eagle Nest
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Saguaro Eagle Nest
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According to Kenneth “Tuk” Jacobson, AZGFD’s raptor management coordinator, there had only been one prior report of bald eagles nesting in these iconic cacti that the Game and Fish Department was aware of.

In 1937, Kermit Lee of Lee’s Trading Post made note of “large nests in saguaros along the lower Verde River believed to be occupied by bald eagles.”

There was no further proof to backup those sightings.

“It’s been an 18-year trek for me keeping my eye out for a bald eagle nest in a saguaro,” said Jacobson in a released statement. “So finally finding one is amazing.”

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