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Photos courtesy of Debbie Hurlbert More than 70 people toured the Kokosing Valley in search of bald eagles during a recent program through Brown Family Environmental Center.
Photos courtesy of Debbie Hurlbert Nearly 30 bald eagles were seen on a recent tour of Knox County including this eagle “couple.” The tour was part of the programing at Brown Family Environmental Center.

GAMBIER — On a blustery February day, Jon Minard, the “Eagle man” of Knox County, took a group of over 70 people across Knox County in search of nesting bald eagles.

The group met at Brown Family Environmental Center earlier in February for brief presentation where Minard was asked about the locations of the nests and which of the 10 nests in Knox County were incubating already. He replied, for sure one of the nests he planned to visit was “on” as he termed it. He then asked the group, “How many had seen a Bald Eagle in the wild? To his amazement many had not. That was about to change as the group carpooled out along the Kokosing River Valley.

Minard has been monitoring bald eagles as a volunteer for nearly 20 years, first with Ohio Department of Natural Resources and currently for U.S. Fish and Wildlife. He has a vast knowledge of eagles, both of nesting characteristics and behaviors.

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