More info: The Indiana Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program began the Bald Eagle Reintroduction Program in 1985. Bald eagles had nested in Indiana up until the 1890s but like elsewhere they became an endangered species due to hunting, loss of habitat and the use of pesticides.

Seventy-three eaglets which were between 7 to 8 weeks old were obtained from Wisconsin and Alaska from 1985 through 1989 and taken to Indiana. The eaglets were placed in a 25-foot nest tower in a secluded bay on Lake Monroe. The birds were monitored and fed daily until they were old enough to fly at 11 to 12 weeks of age. Since then, the eagle population has continued to expand and in 2020, there were over 350 nesting territories in Indiana and bald eagles were removed from the list of species of special concern.

Bald eagles mate for life and return each year to nest and breed at the same location. They choose nest sites close to where they were raised as young. Bald eagles begin to breed at 4 to 5 years of age. They typically nest in forested areas near water and prefer mature tall trees providing a good vantage point and view of their surroundings.