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Bald Eagles in Trouble!

I've always been curious about the Bald Eagle. So I did some research and here's what I found. Bald Eagles are becoming extinct. Probably in the next few years, there will hardly be any Bald Eagles left in the world!

Why are they Dying Off?

Over many years, bald eagles have been hunted down and killed by farmers or gamekeepers. They also have been captured for use in falconry. A long time ago, the indians used to kill eagles in great numbers so that they could use their feathers for ceremonial purposes. Also today, when hunters shoot geese and ducks, they sometimes will use lead for their shot. Then the ducks and geese would come around and eat the lead off the ground and would get poisoned, and then became easy prey for eagles. When the eagles would eat the dead birds, they would also get poisoned and die.

What Can we do to Help?

What can you do to help save the Bald Eagles from becoming extinct? If we helped raise money to build bigger and better Wildlife National Parks, then we could give homes to many more bald eagles than we can now! Also, we could ban falconry. In 1963, scientists were only able to count barely over 400 pairs of bald eagles. Then, hunting eagles was banned, and now, there are more than 4000 pairs of bald eagles!

Bald Eagles

In 1782, the United States chose the Bald Eagle as its national bird. The Bald Eagle ranges over most of the continent and is an all American bird. On coins and military insignia, the eagle appears in different postures. If eagles live to adulthood, they usually range to be about 20 to 30 years old. But when kept in captivity, they are thought to live more than 50 years! Females are usually bigger than the males and they lay usually 1 to 3 eggs each year. Learning about the Bald Eagle has been fun! Maybe someday you can help a Bald Eagle out!

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