American Bald Eagle : Removed From The Endangered Species List
The American bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list in 2007, marking a significant milestone in its conservation.
- The bird’s population has steadily increased since then, with a 2021 report stating that the number of bald eagles in the wild has quadrupled since 2009.
- The bald eagle, once abundant across the United States with an estimated 100,000 nesting birds in the country, faced a severe decline in population due to hunting, habitat destruction, and the pesticide
- However, measures such as the ban on DDT and the implementation of the Endangered Species Act helped protect the species and prevent it from going extinct.
- The bald eagle’s natural range covers most of North America, including most of Canada, all of the continental US, and northern Mexico.
- It is the only sea eagle endemic to North America.
- The average life span of bald eagles is 20 to 30 years.
- Bald eagles build their nests at the very top of tall trees so the eggs will be safe.
- Female bald eagles are a bit bigger than the males.
- Besides live fish, bald eagles also prey on other birds, small mammals, snakes, turtles, and crabs, and they readily eat carrion (decaying flesh of dead animals).
- Protection Status IUCN Status: Least Concern