- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says it was a good season for two bird species that were once on the state’s endangered species list.

Both common loons and peregrine falcons reproduced in record numbers this year.

On the shores of Vermont’s lakes and ponds, 87 nesting loon pairs hatched a total of 69 chicks that survived. And 44 peregrine falcon pairs produced a record 67 chicks.

Bald eagles continue to hold steady in Vermont, but have not yet recovered enough to be removed from Vermont’s endangered species list.

Loons faced dramatic declines in the last century - due in large part to shoreline development and human disturbance.

The peregrine falcons were reintroduced in Vermont in the 1980s.

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