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The birds have been a common sight these past few frigid months. The birds have been a common sight these past few frigid months.
Bald eagles have a 6- to 7-foot wingspan. Bald eagles have a 6- to 7-foot wingspan.
Nearly 200 bald eagles call DTE's Monroe power plant home. Nearly 200 bald eagles call DTE's Monroe power plant home.
MONROE, Mich. (WJBK) -

A group of nearly 200 bald eagles has made a winter home at Michigan's biggest power plant.

The birds are living at DTE Energy's Monroe Power Plant along Lake Erie More. Nearly 1,000 acres have been set aside as a certified wildlife habitat. The water of the plant's discharge canal is about 10 degrees warmer than Lake Erie's water and is full of fish, making the land a perfect "resort" destination for the birds.

DTE recently invited 60 people, chosen through a lottery system, on an exclusive tour to see the eagles and their habitat. The tour happens once a year with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The phenomenon isn't confined to Michigan. Eagles are known to spend winters at power plants in other cold weather states, including Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to watch Robin Schwartz's report

The bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007 and Michigan's list of threatened and endangered species two years later

The massive plant produces almost half the electricity in southeast Michigan.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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