The Bald Eagle

An Endangered Specie

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About the Bald Eagle:

  • Common Name: Bald Eagle
  • Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Bald eagles are able to live anywhere on the North American continent where there are adequate nest trees, roosts and feeding grounds. Open water such as a lake or an ocean, however is a necessity.
  • Bald eagles are only partially migratory; if they possess access to open water, they will remain at that nesting sight year round.
  • Bald eagles are primarily fish-eaters that prefer salmon,
  • Federal protection has involved monitoring populations, improving protection, setting up captive breeding programs, relocating wild birds, and establishing a wide-ranging public information program.


Why Bald Eagles are Endangered:

excessive hunting (in the early part of the century, hunting eagles was a popular sport)

pollution

unintentional poisonings (Mostly from DDT)

habitat destruction (due to the expansion of homes that surround the Bald Eagle's habitat)


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Solutions


  • Federal protection has involved monitoring populations, improving protection, setting up captive breeding programs, relocating wild birds, and making a wide-ranging public information program.
  • Also the Federal Government has made it a federal offense to hunt Bald Eagles under the US Migratory Act.



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Quentin Moore AP Environmental Science