Viewing sights: Inland areas as well as rivers
Bald Eagle Appreciation Days are held across Iowa during January and February, and many other states, from California to Connecticut, also hold eagle-watching events this time of year.
Once considered endangered in most of the lower 48 states, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, the Bald Eagle, has made a remarkable recovery. This conservation miracle took place since DDT was banned, and is now listed as threatened, a distinct improvement. DDT resulted in the shells of the eggs becoming brittle so that they broke with the weight of the bird. Widely used after World War II to control mosquitoes and other insects, DDT was wreaking havoc among many bird species.
Yet Threat to the birds remains :
- Loss of habitat; places to breed and feed.
- Their favorite tree, the white pine, has dwindled with over logging.
- They fly into electric wires, or get hit by automobiles.
- They die from contaminants and poisoned bait set out for other animals.
- Oil spills-the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 killed some 250 eagles.
- Diseases such as outbreaks of avian vacuolar myelinopathy
- Poisoning from lead fishing sinkers has also been implicated in eagle deaths.
So these majestic birds of prey still are on the threatened list. You can watch these beautiful birds on Bald Eagle Appreciation Days.