|Bald eagle soaring in flight from the USFWS Pacific Region Download.|
We hope our series on climate change gave you a better understanding about how climate impacts nature across the country. While that series is now over, the Open Spaces blog has just begun! Visit often for new stories about what we’re doing in the Service to conserve and protect wildlife and their habitats.
In honor of our nation’s birthday, we dedicate today’s post to an American icon and one of our greatest conservation success stories in the Service: the bald eagle. In our nation’s history, the eagle has always been a shining symbol of freedom and strength, but the story of this majestic bird has not always been as bright.
A little more than a half-century ago, the bald eagle was facing extinction. Widespread use of DDT, loss of natural habitat, and overhunting were major factors contributing to a massive population decline of the eagle. In 1967 it was declared an endangered species, and shortly after, the EPA banned the use of DDT. Successful efforts to restore eagle habitats and restrict hunting allowed populations of the birds to steadily increase, and on August 9th, 2007 the bald eagle was officially delisted and declared recovered, healthy and growing.