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Bald eagles nest on Shelter Island

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A pair of nesting bald eagles has been spotted in an oak tree high above the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. This is the third nest seen on Long Island in recent months. The others were seen at Hempstead Lake State Park in Nassau County.

According to Mike Scheibel, of the Nature Conservancy, and manager of the preserve (covering 33% of Shelter Island), Mashomack was originally formed to provide a nesting area for ospreys, which like bald eagles have now been downgraded from the federal list of endangered species to “being of special concern.”

“We are extremely happy to see the eagles here,” he commented.

Aproximately 90 miles from New York City, Shelter Island lies between the forks of Long Island’s “tail” and ecompasses 2,039 acres of woodlands, fields and creeks, as well as 12 miles of coastline, and is considered to be one of the “richest natural habitats” in the northeast.