Photo by Brad Bolton, taken in 2003. From the ODNR website.
The bald eagle occurs in marshes, swamps, and river systems throughout Ohio. Eagles have continued to recover from a low of 4 breeding pairs in 1979. In 2013, the number of breeding pairs was estimated at 187 pairs and produced an estimated 189 young. In 2014, the number of estimated breeding pairs increased to 200 and produced an estimated 347 young. In 2015, the number of estimated breeding pairs increased to 207 and produced an estimated 288 young. In the past 5 years (2011-2015), the estimated average number of nests was 200, and the estimated average number of young was 279. The yearly fluctuations in breeding pairs and number of young produced may indicate a stabilization of the population. While breeding populations of bald eagles tend to be more concentrated in certain areas, wintering bald eagles can be seen throughout the state.