Bald eagles nesting along Little Calumet River

September 29, 2012 (CALUMET CITY, Ill.)

American bald eagles have been found nesting along the Little Calumet River for the first time in more than 110 years.

They're living in an area that has been a notorious dumping ground.

About 100 people converged at the site Saturday with shovels and front-end loaders.

They filled up dozens of dumpsters with debris.

"There's turkey, abundant deer, every other little critter," said Friends of the Little Calumet River's Mike Echterling. "We also have a nesting pair of bald eagles. We're really happy that they chose this place its amazing they chose this place to nest but they did so we got a little extra motivation to take care of the place."

Friends of the Little Calumet River hope more people will visit the area now that it's been cleaned up.

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