Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled in the US

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The population of the bald eagle, the nation-wide symbol for strength, courage, freedom, and immortality, has quadrupled in the last decade.

Could this be a sign of new times to come?

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Now, bald eagle populations across the country have been threatened for centuries.

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‚ÄčThe first major decline in bald eagles began in the mid-1800s when the birds were shot and poisoned by farmers who saw them as a threat to livestock.

And, as the country’s human population expanded…

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The bird’s nesting habitats gradually declined.

Congress eventually passed the Bald Eagle Protection Act in 1940…

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Which prohibited killing, selling, or possessing the species.
But the popularity of the pesticide DDT after World War II proved yet another threat to the majestic birds, and their numbers took a hit once again. 

It was an uphill struggle from there…

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And in the 1960’s, the bald eagle population officially reached an all-time low of 417 breeding pairs, according to the FWS.

However, all hope isn’t gone for the future of these sacred birds.

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After working tirelessly throughout the last few decades to save the species, scientists have recently pinpointed the deaths of hundreds of bald eagles in the southeastern US to bromine, a different chemical used in insecticides, dyes, agricultural products, and pharmaceuticals.

Timo Niedermeyer, a natural product chemist at Martin Luther University in Germany, determined toxic levels of bromine in the weeds which the birds were feeding on.

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He told Chemistry World:
“We now know who is the killer, the cyanobacteria, and we know its weapon, the toxin, but now we need to find out where the bromide comes from, and the molecular mechanism of this toxin.”

So, with this knowledge, the numbers of bald eagles have been steadily rising…

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And, in 2007, they were removed from the Endangered Species Act protection list.

But now, a new report has detailed the 2020 population size for the species…

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And the number is simply staggering.

Of course, Americans far and wide are elated by the news…

According to a 2020 update to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Bald Eagle Population Size” report…

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There are an estimated 316,700 individual eagles in the lower forty-eight states, including 71,467 breeding pairs.

That’s more than 4 times the 72,434 individuals and 30,548 pairs recorded back in 2009…

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And over 7 times as many as when the bird was first taken off the Endangered Species Act protection list in 2007.

What amazing news!

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We can only hope now that their numbers will continue to rise.