American Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled since 2009
Good news! According to a report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Bald Eagle is now thriving throughout the country and populations have increased four fold since 2009. in the 2019 breeding season there were an estimated 71,400 nesting pairs with over 316,700 bald eagles in the continental United States. For reference, it is estimated that there were only 417 breeding pairs in the country in 1963.
The population decline of the eagle has been attributed to over-hunting, habitat loss, and the detrimental use of DDT – a powerful insecticide. DDT use was banned by the Federal government in 1972 and conservation efforts had been put in place to protect the dwindling number of Bald Eagles left in the US. After a long road to recovery, the Bald Eagle was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007.