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Counting eagles in Routt County

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Libbie Miller holds the pair of binoculars she would use to scout for bald eagles. Heavy snow made this year's eagle count more treacherous. Photo by Scott Franz

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Liza Rossi sets out on skis for her leg of the bald eagle count. Rossi said the rising eagle population continues to be a big success story in Colorado and around the nation. Photo by Scott Franz

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A bald eagle perches in a tree near the Finger Rock Fish Hatchery in South Routt County. Photo by Scott Franz

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A bald eagle keeps an eye on its nest near Finger Rock in heavy snow. Nests often get very large and can weigh around 1,000 pounds. Photo by Scott Franz

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A bald eagle perches in a cottonwood tree near Yampa in South Routt County. A recent count in Routt County revealed the local population of bald eagles still is strong. Photo by Scott Franz

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife district manager Libbie Miller scans for eagles near Yampa. Photo by Scott Franz

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Liza Rossi, a terrestrial biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, sets out on her skiing route with dog, Elwood, by her side. Photo by Scott Franz

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