Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Great News!!

The Bald Eagle is back!

Carolyn Jones writes in the SF Chronicle:

Bald eagles, nearly extinct in the 1970s due to pesticides disrupting their reproductive cycle, have slowly rebounded to population levels not seen in a century. In 1963, there were 417 nesting pairs in the United States. Now there are more than 10,000 - enough to warrant removal from the federal endangered species list in 2007.

In Tulelake, they're nearly as common as Canada geese at Lake Merritt. The eagles roost in the surrounding mountains and at dawn swoop over the wetlands and fields, picking off injured waterfowl.

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