The bald eagle is one of America's greatest symbols and up until 2007, these majestic birds were almost extinct. Now, their population is flourishing and it has a lot to do with places like the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in Seneca Falls, NY.

The most recent count for this New York State Wildlife Refuge indicated that there were over 70 bald eagles present on the refuge. According to The Citizen's website,

The Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, which began in 1979, is an annual event. It takes place in more than 40 states between Jan. 4 and 18. It’s a partnership effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey and hundreds of citizen scientists, who man the winter to spot the nation’s bird. They tally where the bird was seen on a map, approximate its age, describe what it was doing and the time it was seen.

The numbers in Seneca Falls were almost too hard to count. How awesome is it that the state of New York can say it is a huge part in keeping one of our country's most cherished birds alive and well?