In 2007 the bald eagle was finally removed from the Endangered Species list after more than 30 years. Not all species are so fortunate. There are hundreds of species that are still threatened or endangered. Each of them has an important role to play in a healthy environment. Join us to learn more about some of these amazing creatures.
During Bald Eagle Days: Celebrating the Road to Recovery, we’ll kick off our summer kids program, Fishing for Eagles, celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle and learn more about many different species that still need our help!
Fishing for Eagles – kicks off June 24th and June 25th
Our popular summer kids program kicks off Wednesday, June 24th. Kids can borrow fishing equipment and go fishing right at the National Eagle Center (free with paid admission) and donate their catch to feed the bald eagle ambassadors! Fishing for Eagles runs Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Click here for more details …
Endangered Species Awareness – Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th:
Special programs and activities all celebrating the recovery of the bald eagle and raising awareness of many species that still need our help. Learn about the critically endangered Whooping Crane, declining native bees and more!
Special programs at 12pm and 2pm, Friday and Saturday.
Background: In 2007 the bald eagle was finally removed from the Endangered Species list after more than 30 years. The announcement was made at a public ceremony in Washington DC on June 28, 2007. The de-listing became official in August of 2007.
The bald eagle first gained federal protection in 1940, under what later became the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. the eagles was later given protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The bald eagle population fell into steep decline due to widespread use of the pesticide DDT. DDT accumulated in the aquatic food chain, and caused the eagles to lay thin and deformed eggshells. In 1963, there was just one nesting pair of bald eagles along the entire Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge – a stretch of more than 260 miles of prime bald eagle habitat! When the bald eagle was included in the 1973 Endangered Species Act, there were just 417 nesting pairs across the lower 48 states.
After banning the use of DDT, the federal government listed the bald eagle under the newly created Endangered Species Act. The bald eagle was one of the original species protected by the Endangered Species Act. Increased habitat protection and breeding and release programs helped to bring this magnificent bird back from near extinction in the lower 48 states. Today bald eagle populations are once again healthy and even thriving all over the United States.
When the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list in 2007, there were more than 11,000 nesting pairs in the continental US. In the state of Minnesota today there are more than 2,300 nesting pairs of bald eagles.