The Bald Eagle

The national symbol of the United States

bald eagles numbered 100,000 in 1782.

By 1963, less than 1000 remained

and the species was in danger of extinction

because of habitat destruction

illegal shooting

and food contamination from the pesticide DDT.

Protection under the Endangered Species Act

the banning of DDT

and conservation actions taken by the American public

helped bald eagles make a remarkable recovery.

Today, there are over 19,000 bald eagles in the contiguous U.S.


Protect and preserve potential roost and nest sites by retaining mature trees and old growth stands, particularly within 1/2 mile from water. To avoid collisions, site wind turbines, communication towers and high voltage transmission power lines away from nests, foraging areas, and communal roost sites. If possible, bury utility lines in important eagle areas.
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Audio: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Video: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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