Two eaglets born in Toronto

Two bald eagle chicks were born in Toronto, just weeks after a bald eagle nest was first sighted in the city.

The nest was discovered in early March in a location that officials have kept secret to protect the birds’ well-being. Since then, two eaglets (baby eagles) have been seen inside the nest.

After hatching, the eaglets remain in their nest for up to three months while they eat, rest and grow with their mother’s care. They cannot fly immediately after birth and it takes them about two months to learn to leave the nest.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) senior restoration and infrastructure manager Karen McDonald said ensuring safety is a priority.

“Toronto and the Region Conservation Authority can confirm that two eagles are being bred in Toronto,” he said in a statement provided to CTV News Toronto. “Maintaining their habitat and ensuring their well-being are critical priorities for us, so we ask that all media outlets continue to keep their location secret.”

So far, the eaglet’s nest is the only documented nest in Toronto verified by the TRCA. In 2022, more than 2,600 bald eagle nests were identified throughout the province.

The bald eagle was removed from Ontario’s Species at Risk List in 2023 and has since been seen in areas across Ontario.