June 13, 2009

A National Bird Day!!!

WOW!!! We saw so many bald eagles today... We even got a glimpse of about five in one tree.

It is so wonderful that the bald eagle populations have made such a comeback. Bald eagles were greatly affected by DDT, a pesticide, due to bio magnification. DDT was causing thinning of egg shells. Bald eagles were listed as an endangered species in 1967 and were believed to be on the brink of extinction. By 1972 DDT had been banned in the US, and on July 12, 1995 the bald eagles were reclassified as only threatened.

On June 28th, 2007 the bald eagles had recovered significantly and were delisted!!! This is a great comeback and a great lesson, changes can make a huge difference!!!

Another very exciting thing happened today, we saw a river otter. This was my first time seeing this adorable little animal in the wild.

Thank You,

Naturalist Jeannette
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