Officials have declared that the bald eagle, previously dwindling in numbers, has expanded its population such that it no longer needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act.Â They have become particularly at home in Florida.
From the New York Times 6/29/07:
Bald eagles, aloof centurions of the wild, seem to have discovered their inner Updike and moved to Florida’s ever-expanding suburbs. They can be found nesting in cellphone towers and raising chicks near landfills and airport runways, along highways and high up in the pine trees of the state’s upscale developments.
This news is welcome following reports from earlier this month about the overall dwindling bird populations around the country.
From USA Today 6/14/07:
A new study by the National Audubon Society shows that 20 common American birds, such as whippoorwills and the Rufous hummingbird, have declined by more than half in the past 40 years.
“The sound of the meadowlark singing was the sound of summer; now it’s not,” said author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul, who joined the Audubon Society in announcing the study Thursday.
Some bird species experienced more drastic declines, such as the northern bobwhite, whose population declined by 82%, and the Eastern meadowlark, which had a 71% decline.