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Bald and beautiful: Rare eagle protects her nest

This female bald eagle was spotted in her nest near Point Marion, Pa., along the Cheat River.

Adopted as the national symbol in 1782, the bald eagle was declared an endangered species in the lower 48 states in 1969. They are rare in this area and, along with golden eagles, are protected by state and federal laws, according to the West Virginia DNR.

Anyone who sees a bald eagle in West Virginia, especially pairs of birds during the breeding season, which is February through June, is asked to report the sighting to the DNR at

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