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Bald Eagle Populations Are Climbing In Lower 48 States

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The number of bald eagles has increased four times since 2009, with more than 300,000 raptors soaring over the lower 48 states.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was happy to announce that bald eagles that once faced extinction have flourished in recent years.

In the words of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, these majestic birds have always been sacred to Native American tribes and the United States as a whole.

U.S. News reports that the first Native American Cabinet secretary reminded us that the strong return of bald eagles reminds us of our nation’s resilience and the importance of being responsible to our lands and waters.

“It is clear that the bald eagle population continues to thrive,” Haaland said, calling the bird’s recovery a “success story (that) is a testament to the enduring importance of the work of the Interior Department scientists and conservationists. This work could not have been done without teams of people collecting and analyzing decades’ worth of science … accurately estimating the bald eagle population here in the United States.”

The celebration of the bald eagle is also a moment to reflect on the importance of the Endangered Species Act, an essential tool in protecting America’s wildlife.

Martha Williams, deputy director of the Fish And Wildlife Service, called the recovery of the bald eagle one of the most remarkable conservation success stories of all times.


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