Half a century ago, the bald eagle was in danger of extinction. Habitat loss, illegal shooting and food source contamination (largely via DDT) decimated bald eagle population. The Endangered Species Act, government banning of DDT and conservation actions taken by the public have helped lead a remarkable recovery. This week’s photo essay touches on why the bald eagle is the grand bird that it is.
(Photo: Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in California; George Gentry/USFWS)