The nests of bald eagles in Cornhusker State, Nebraska has increased recently and reached a new record.
According to game commissioners and partners from the Game and Parks Commission in Nebraska, out of a number of 146 bald eagle nests, approximately 111 are actively populated by the US national symbol.
This majestic bird was chosen to represent the United States in 1792 when there were more than 100,000 nesting eagles. In the 1800s, the bald eagle population started to decrease.
During the end of World War II, the number of bald eagles declined considerately due to the widespread use of a toxic substance known as DDT. By 1963, only 487 bald eagles nesting pairs were left in America.
Because of these factors, the bald eagle was put on the list of endangered species, and according to the act, these birds are not to be harmed intentionally.
Also, because of the new ban on DDT use, the number of bald eagles started to grow, and by 1990, this species of bird of prey was removed from the list of endangered species.
Lisa Smith, a researcher at the Tri-state Bird Rescue and Research Inc., in Northern Delaware, explained that the bald eagle is currently competing for space.
Smith said that the number of bald eagles increased to an approximate total of 69,000 birds.
Patti Barber, a biologist at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, says that
“It’s hard to step away from the fact that they are our nation’s symbol and knowing that they’ve now come back from the brink.”
Barber adds that it’s very important that the United States’ national symbol managed to no longer be on the endangered species list.
However, the fact that the number of bald eagles has increased, more and more birds are nesting in residential areas, where there have been reports of bald eagles attacking people’s pets like small dogs and cats.
The bald eagle has been spotted in every US state, except for Hawaii.
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