Utah Field Guide: Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle is an Endangered Species Act success story.

Forty years ago, our national symbol was in danger of extinction throughout most of its range. Habitat destruction and degradation, illegal shooting, and the contamination of its food source, largely as a consequence of DDT, decimated the eagle population. Habitat protection afforded by the Endangered Species Act, the federal government’s banning of DDT, and conservation actions taken by the American public have helped Bald Eagles make a remarkable recovery.

Today the eagle population has greatly improved, and in 2007 the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list.

Utah is still home to one of the largest populations of wintering bald eagles. More than twelve hundred have been counted in our state in recent years and Flaming Gorge is a great place to spot one.

On Saturday, February 14th, the DWR will hold it’s ever popular Bald Eagle Day at five locations across the state. Viewing times vary, so for times and locations, visit our Outdoors Calendar page at KSLTV.com

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