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The Salt and Verde rivers play host to about 40 of the state’s 66 total bald eagle breeding areas, with the majority still along the Verde River.

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Verde River remains state's leading bald eagle nursery

Eagles Go Where Water Flows

Although bald eagles bones have been found in archaeological sites across Northern Arizona the first recorded sighting was made by Dr. Elliot Coues, a physician assigned to Fort Whipple, on the upper Verde River watershed in 1866.Of all the places the birds have been spotted in the last 150 years there is one watershed that dominates all when it comes to the preferred place to return and raise their young -- the Verde River.