Benefit the Bald Eagles!

By: Levi Beeler

Bald Eagles

In the 1970’s there was a pesticide called DDT which started killing the Bald Eagles. We were also hunting them. The reason they were going down so fast was because, the Bald Eagles were eating worms and animals that were covered in DDT. So when they had eggs their egg shells were very fragile and the eggs were cracking. Then the babies would die because they would come out of there eggs way too early.

Bald Eagle Behavior

The Bald Eagle is not a picky eater on how it gets food. It will steal fish from other nests by swooping down and grabbing it with it's talons. Bald Eagles make a high-pitched squeaking sound when in trouble or away from group. And if they are alone and no one will come they will fight back by talon clasping.

DDT?

What is DDT

You might say what is DDT? DDT is a pesticide that was used in the 1970’s for crops. So they put it on corn and beans, and they sprayed it on water so when they went to drink it they would be drinking DDT. They banned DDT but they still use it in gasoline and some insect companies still use it. In the war it is used for body lice, control of malaria, and typhus.

Pesticides - DDT - Rachel Carson - Silent Spring

Stop!

I am saying stop using DDT in gas and bug killers. You can also use something else to get lice out of your hair and off your body. When you drive you give off traces of DDT when your car gives off exhaust and that goes into the air. So I hope you will stop using DDT. Bald Eagles are important to the ecosystem because they eat snakes mice and fish. They keep the fish contained in lakes and mice because snakes do not eat a lot of mice. Mice would start to come into the city if the mice were not contained.

What could DDT do to eggs?

If the Bald Eagles have DDT in their system their eggs will be very fragile when they have the eggs, if they sit on them they can break. Then they will not have a baby because the egg has not produced. (Picture below what it looks like)
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Bald Eagles going down!

Once Bald Eagles were at 11,000 pairs. Then when they started spraying DDT the Bald Eagles weren't able to produce so they went down to 437 Bald Eagles. Some Bald Eagles died and there were some with NO pairs at all so then they couldn't have babies.

Saving this species is important!

Saving the Bald Eagle is important because it is the bird of the United States of America (USA). The Bald Eagle is seen on some money and on other patriotic symbols for the USA.

Fun Facts

  • Bald Eagles can travel up to 100 miles per hour well diving.
  • Bald Eagles are the national bird of the U.S.A.
  • Bald Eagles can live to be 20 years old.
  • Bald Eagles nests can sometimes weigh as much as 1 ton!
  • Bald Eagles are not bald even though it is in the name.
  • Female Bald Eagles are bigger than male Bald Eagles.

Help the Bald Eagles!

Thank you for watching hope it changed your mind!

(Here are some sites I used)

Site 1: http://www.defenders.org/bald-eagle/basic-facts


Site 2: http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/


By: Levi Beeler