Several committee members and park neighbours have reported seeing a pair of bald eagles in the trees near the shore of Lake Ontario!. They may even be nesting at the park or in trees in a nearby ravine. This is amazing news, since its been years since the eagles have been seen to stay around, and only a few were observed in migration. Their population is still recovering after DDT was banned about 25 years ago. The widespread use of the chemical caused birth defects and weak egg shells, and eagle numbers plummeted.

Eaglets are born in late March. A pair of eagles has successfully raised several broods of young at Cootes Paradise in the Royal Botanical Gardens in the past 5 years. Lets keep watch around the park for more eagle signs there and Let us know!