Guntersville, AL – The bald eagle has made a significant comeback in Alabama during the past two decades. In 1987, wildlife officials could not find an eagle's nest in the state. Now, aerial surveys have revealed 52 bald eagle nests in Alabama. The nest count means about 120 or 130 eagles now live in the state. Wildlife biologist Keith Hudson calls the recovery a "tremendous success story." But he says most scientists won't consider the eagle to be out of danger in Alabama until it reaches a population of 100 nesting pairs. Hudson says the state could reach that goal in five to ten years.