Utah Field Guide: Bald eagles

Majestic and bold, and not just a symbol of our great nation but a symbol of a species making a grand comeback. The Bald Eagles is found from Alaska and Northern Canada all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Bald eagle populations fell into a steep decline in the 40’s and 50’s, due primarily to the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. DDT accumulated in eagles and caused them to lay eggs with weakened shells, decimating the eagle population across the nation. The eagle was one of the original species protected by the Endangered Species Act when it was enacted in 1973. Since the ban on DDT, populations have rebounded and in 2007, the bald eagle was de-listed.

Utah is home to one of the largest populations of wintering bald eagles. More than 1200 have been counted in recent years. And your chance to view this iconic bird is just a week away. Next Saturday the DWR will host it’s ever popular Bald Eagle Day at five locations across the state. Biologists will be on hand to give you information and a close up view of the birds. For times, locations and information, check out our Outdoors Calendar page at KSLTV.com

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