Have you ever been on a walk outside on a nice breezy summer day and then hear the call of a beautiful Bald Eagle, soaring in the sky peacefully? Well this is a very cool sight, but the sad thing that happens is that Bald Eagles were endangered? Thankfully, now they are least concerned and the population is increasing! The reason why i am so happy about this is because, bald eagles had less than 500 nests in the world in the 1970’s and this is why we have to keep them safe and i think that everyone who helps Bald Eagles are doing very generous things for our beautiful national birds. One thing you should know is that if you find a wounded Eagle, don’t touch it because these birds are very fragile and delicate. Call the DNR if you do encounter an Endangered animal so they can help it recover. The reason i think we should increase Eagle population is because Eagles are very special because they are our national bird, but as an old saying goes “Birds of like feathers flock together.” To me, this quote means that like birds, our states are all united together and we are like a flock of birds who help each other form a strong, brave, and happy country.
They also mean that since they fly higher than any bird, we are a strong country and this fact shows that an eagle represents US in one and many of Bald eagles in America. Some cool facts about bald eagles according to http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/bird-species/birds-of-prey/7-cool-facts-bald-eagles/ state that eagles’ eyesight has two centers of focus, which means that they can focus on what’s in front of them and the sides of them! It’s like a 180 degree perspective to an eagles eyes! Eagles are still least concern in the list, but that doesn’t mean they can’t decrease in population dramatically! One way to help them is to join a wildlife service and maybe be an eagle tracker! If you decide to do this you will have to use video monitors to watch and keep track of eagle breeding so you are basically making sure nobody disturbs the eagles’ babies or tries to take down the nest. The big topic i’d like to talk about though is “how do we make sure we can keep these eagles’ population up?” Well the answer to that is simple, but hard to explain. You can’t really interact with eagles because they are so delicate, but you can adopt an eagle nest.
If you don’t know what caused the eagles to die in the 1970’s then i’ll tell you. It was caused by one chemical, DDT or, Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane which was an insecticide that farmers used to keep insects from eating their crops, but when mice and rodents ate the dead insects killed by the DDT, the chemical wasn’t designed to dissolve in the insect’s body, so the chemical was still on the dead insect that the rodent would eat. The chemical was then transferred to the rodent when they ate the infected insect! Well the rodent would get infected and guess what eats rodents? Bald eagles do so then the eagles got infected and they couldn’t have babies because the chemical in the eagles would make the babies’ shell too thin and they could crack easily and kill the babies. The chemical could also kill the eagles. This chemical greatly affected the food chain by poisoning other animals too.
Thankfully, this chemical was banned for farmers to use due to the greatly decreased population in eagles and the poisoning of animals. Now scientists are still studying ways we can use chemicals that is safe for lots of animals. Another way to help wildlife from getting sick is to tell someone who may use a pesticide that can harm animals to maybe find a pesticide that doesn’t harm animals, but if they don’t agree then you can ask them if they can find a way to keep the bugs away from the animals that eat those bugs, so the animals don’t get sick. Some other reasons why our eagle populations went down according to https://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/recovery/biologue.html is because of illegal shooting, degradation, and as i said, the contamination of their food source or DDT.