CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Efforts to bring bald eagles back to Southern California's Channel Islands have taken a giant step this year with the birth of at least 15 chicks on three islands.

National Park Service officials say that brings to 36 the number of chicks who have survived since 2002, when recovery efforts started.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Annie Little says the biggest danger to young birds is trying to cross from the islands to the mainland because they are not strong fliers.

They have found no evidence of death by pesticides, which were blamed decades ago for wiping out the bald eagle population on the islands.

On Thursday, the Park Service planned a live Web broadcast of biologists attaching transmitters and banding two 8-week-old chicks on Santa Rosa Island. They are about two weeks away from taking flight.



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