Even though bald eagles
are making a strong return, some scientists aren't sure that these birds should be removed from the endangered species list anytime soon.
Suckling cites as an example the recent case of the FWS invoking the ESA to prevent development at Big Bear Lake in southern California due to concerns about habitat for overwintering eagles
And sightings of the bald eagles
- the first at Channel Islands since the early 1960s - have become increasingly frequent among the kayakers, boaters and hikers who have traveled to the islands throughout the year.
No matter how many I see, I still love to see bald eagles
, and I see them everyday," says refuge manager Martin Kaehny.
His weapon is a magnificent golden eagle
who is also his intimate friend.
Researchers suspect eagles
might fare better on the northern islands because Catalina is closer to the source of the DDT runoff.
On four Saturdays in the winter months, volunteers count eagles
at Silverwood Lake, which straddles the mountains and Mojave Desert, Arrowhead Lake and Big Bear Lake between 9 and 10 a.
He points out that the Bald & Golden Eagle
Protection Act of 1940 and Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 will provide some protection for eagles
after the delisting, but that neither law has strict provisions for buffering and securing nesting habitat, like the ESA presently does.
The American bald eagle
, the living symbol of the nation since 1782, is back from the brink of extinction and can now be removed from the endangered species list, President Clinton said Friday.
I love birds, but when it comes to eagles
, they are at the top of the chain as far as intelligence; it was in his eyes.
While federal laws make it illegal to kill bald eagles
because their species is a threatened one, the laws carve out exceptions for Indians to acquire eagle
feathers and body parts for religious purposes.
The other essay finalist, Max Kortenbach, 10, of Florida, describes the significance of his personal experience seeing hundreds of swooping bald eagles
during a trip to Alaska.