In August 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bald eagle from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The recovery of the bald eagle is due in part to the reduced use of pesticides such as DDT as well as specific habitat protection and management actions.
Bald eagles gained protection under the Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1972. In 1962, an amendment added protection specifically for the golden eagle, and in 2008, bald eagles in the Sonoran Desert of central Arizona were returned to the list of threatened wildlife.
Last updated: November 7, 2012