The southern end of Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail is open once again.
The trail, designed to bypass the Connecticut River rapids in Enfield, was closed earlier the year due to bald eagle nesting, and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced its reopening Thursday.
“We are pleased to announce that a young bald eagle has successfully fledged and will be testing its new flying skills along the Connecticut River this Independence Day weekend,” said Jenny Dickson, DEEP Supervising Wildlife Biologist, in a statement. “Temporary closure of the trail allowed the adult eagles to efficiently—and successfully—attend their nest and young during the inclement weather this past spring.
So far, this has been a record-breaking year for bald eagle nesting in Connecticut, according to the DEEP. Bald eagles are protected during the nesting season under the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.