Our nation's bird is on the rise!
Bird watchers atop an eastern Pennsylvania ridge, Hawk Mountain, counted 407 migrating bald eagles this fall, crushing the previous record of 245 two years ago.
Following it's removal from the United States Endangered Species List in 2007, this is just a reassurance of the species remarkable comeback in the last century.
Bald eagle population declined significantly in the last two centuries due to habitat destruction, hunting, and widespread use of a pesticide DDT.
By 1963, there were only a reported 417 breeding pairs left in the lower 48 states of our country, but have rebounded to more than 10,000 pairs, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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