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Comeback of the Bald Eagle

Posted By G Living Staff Monkies On July 11, 2007 @ 1:14 pm In Nature / Non Human Stories | No Comments

A piece of happy news: the Bald Eagle, America’s national bird, has been taken off the endangered species list. The announcement was made by the Department of the Interior and will go into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. It’s been a long journey 40 years to be exact since the Bald Eagle enjoyed a thriving community. Threatened by poaching and the widespread use of DDT pesticides, their numbers dwindled to a mere 500 breeding pairs, and seemed destined to become extinct. Now they’ve bounced back, with a reported 9,700+ pairs at last count. If you want to see a Bald Eagle up close catch this video for a “bird’s eye” view (literally). And for trivia lovers, I’ve accumulated a few fun facts you can use to impress your friends. Check them out below the jump.

Fun and Fast Facts
1. Both male and female adult bald eagles look relatively the same: a blackish-brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and bill. No wonder mating and dating has been difficult!

2. Females are larger in size than males. Nothing like a little girl power.

3. Wing spans range from 72 to 90 inches — that’s as long or long than many three-seater sofas.

4. They can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. We should be so lucky.

5. They mate for life — and boast a 0% divorce rate.

6. They are strong swimmers. Talk about high achievers.

7. Male and female partners share responsibility of incubating the eggs. How’s that for a 21st century relationship?

How did the Bald Eagle become the national symbol of independence? Check out this entertainingvideo by MSN to find out.

Yes, this Philadelphia girl is truly happy to hear that the Eagles have made a comeback. Congratulations!

Sources:
American Bald Eagle Information website
“The Bald Eagle is Back” by By Keith Olbermann, MSNBC


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