The majestic bald eagle thrives in the skies above
An annual survey of wintering eagles this last week found 71 of the soaring animals – a continuing success story ever since pesticides and habitat loss reduced their numbers so greatly throughout the country they were declared federally endangered in 1973. The number is less than the 81 birds spotted last year and two fewer than the 73 birds spotted in 2008.
The big news is, of course, that bald eagles are doing so well the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed them from the Endangered Species List in 2007. The bird continues to r emain on the state’s list, however, and every year
emain on the state’s list, however, and every year
Preliminary data shows that the 40 to 50 bird spotters found the largest number of birds – 37 eagles –at the Quabbin Reservoir. Six adults and three juvenile birds were spotted on the
"The bald eagle is the symbol of the United States, and for the past 30 years, this annual rite of winter has played a critical role in the Commonwealth’s successful efforts to study and protect these majestic birds and their habitat," said Ian Bowles, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Photos by Bill Byrne/Mass Wildlife
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