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The Ventana Wildlife Society reintroduced 66 bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) between 1986 and 1994 to the central coast of California. All young eagles were fitted with leg bands and transmitters to enable long-term monitoring.

Prior to Ventana's efforts, a resident breeding population was absent for 60 years.The Pacific States Bald Eagle Recovery Plan called for four breeding territories in the Central California Coast region which extends from San Francisco to Ventura, California.

Today, there are eight known nesting territories with a total of 23 offspring produced since 1993. In 1998 alone, eight eaglets were wild-hatched by these Ventana-established bald eagle pairs. Within the central coast, the following counties now have breeding bald eagles: Alameda, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Thanks to the support of the Ventana Wildlife Society sponsors and volunteers, the bald eagle is once again thriving in the central coast.

The community of Big Sur is very proud and grateful for all of the work that the Ventana Wildlife Society does in Big Sur. The efforts of the Ventana Wildlife Society make Big Sur a much nicer place to live and to visit.

Find out more about the Ventana Wildlife Society and the great youth programs they sponsor by visiting their website.

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