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
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.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
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.
For more information visit Audubon.org
© What is Missing? Foundation
Audio: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Video: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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