Bald Eagles' Numbers Increase

A record number of nesting pairs of bald eagles was recorded during this year's Maryland bald eagle survey, the state Department of Natural Resources announced.

This year's count of 260 nesting pairs is up from 232 last year. At least 368 young eagles were raised this year, the highest number on record. The figures are determined from aerial surveys conducted by DNR endangered-species biologists.

Bald eagles nested in 19 Maryland counties this year. Charles County had 37 pairs, third highest in the state. St. Mary's County had 16 pairs, and Calvert had six. Most nesting sites are associated with the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its major tributaries.

In 1977, the first year the DNR conducted a comprehensive survey, there were just 41 nesting pairs of bald eagles in Maryland. Bald eagles were first listed as an endangered species in 1967. The major cause of population declines for the bird was organic chlorine pesticides, particularly DDT, according to the DNR. In 1972, DDT use was banned in the United States.

Summer School Registration

Registration for Charles County summer school continues this week. The public school system will offer secondary summer school classes, beginning June 30 at La Plata High School.

Registration forms are available at schools and must be returned to the Board of Education offices on Radio Station Road in La Plata between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.