FOLSOM -- A couple of bald eagles have been seen recently near Lake Natoma, just about 20 miles east of Sacramento off Highway 50.
During a visit to the lake on Wednesday, FOX40 spoke with several people who reported recent bald eagle sightings.
“I was shocked that we even have them here,” remarked Mary Ann Williams, who captured iPhone images of the birds perched high up in a tree while she was hiking with a friend a few weeks ago.
“I don’t know why, but I looked up, and I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Williams said.
Wildlife experts say bald eagles are thriving due to conservation efforts.
“For the last 40 years or so, every wildlife agency has worked to bring them back,” explained Andrew Hughan of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Lake Natoma, surrounded by high dense trees, is a suitable habitat.
“So they have what every bird needs, which is food, water and shelter," Hughan suggested.
According to the most recent estimate by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, bald eagles number nearly 10,000 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states.