Portrait oriented image of a gorgeous Bald Eagle in flight. Taken near this eagle's nest in Adams County, Colorado. Bald eagles have been a spiritual symbol of Native Americans for hundreds of years. Adopted as the United States' national symbol in 1782, Bald Eagle populations declined in the 1800s due to loss of habitat and a corresponding loss of its prey. It was said to be at the edge of extinction in 1940 but that was followed by the introduction of DDT, a pesticide which further threatened the raptor causing its eggs to have very fragile shells. DDT was banned in 1972 and since then the Bald Eagle has made an extraordinary comeback.
February 20th, 2017
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