Pair of bald eagles make home in New Haven park

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Dayvon Jowers of New Haven is happy about the new neighbors that have moved in.

“It’s kind of cool that they’re here in New Haven,” said Jowers.

They’re a couple who have made a home for themselves in the area of West River Memorial Park off of Ella Grasso Boulevard and the two pretty much keep to themselves. They are, after all, bald eagles!

Dennis Schain, spokesperson with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, says the eagles were discovered living in the area a few a weeks ago. His department has chosen to alert the public of the pair now so visitors to the area will do their part to keep them safe.

“Don’t go up close to their tree,” said Schain. “Stay down the street, they’re going to be up in the air, you don’t have to be right next to their tree.”

Bald eagle sightings are nothing new in Connecticut. Schain estimates there are more than 50 pairs currently residing in the Constitution State. That has, however, not always been the case. Until 2010, bald eagles were considered an endangered species, they’ve since been reclassified as “threatened.”

Rebecca Bombero is the Director of Parks and Recreation and Trees in New Haven. On Monday she tells News 8 people from her department and those with DEEP will begin taking visible steps to protect the birds.

“We will be installing a snow fence barrier around that area as well as signage provided by DEEP informing of all regulations associated with bald eagles,” said Bombero.

Officials with DEEP tell News 8 the eagles in New Haven aren’t the only ones living areas in Connecticut. There are other bald eagles who call Windsor and even Hartford home.

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