From Green Right Now Reports
As mascots go, the U.S. Bald Eagle has been much beloved, but not always well tended. Once prolific in the U.S., the population wavered and fell dramatically in the 20th Century — until biologists discovered that DDT and other pollution was impairing the bird’s ability to reproduce.
That was one big canary in a coal mine.
With DDT now banned, the Bald Eagle has rebounded, and was removed from the Endangered Species list in 2007. Where once the U.S. Bald Eagle numbered only several hundred breeding pairs, there are now an estimated 9,000 or more Bald Eagles living in the wild, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
NWF compiled this list of places in the U.S. where one is likely to spot the national emblem in its winter habitat.
Bald eagles can be seen in every state except Hawaii, according to the NWF. The group’s list includes an Eagle-inhabited spot in every state, but notes that some state’s enjoy larger winter congregations of the birds, while others may support just a few breeding pairs.
The places to visit:
Lake Guntersville State Park, (256) 571-5440 or
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, (907) 465-4563 or
Mormon Lake, (928) 527-3600
Beaver Lake, (479) 636-1210
Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge, (530) 667-2231
Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, (719) 589-4021 or
Connecticut River Shepaug Eagle Observation Area
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, (302) 653-9345
Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area: Prairie Lakes Unit, (407) 436-1818
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, (912) 496-7836
Bald eagles are found in every state but Hawaii.
Lake Coeur d’Alene/Wolf Lodge Bay, (877) 782-9232 or
Cedar Glen Eagle Roost
Monroe Lake, (812) 837-9546
Keokuk Riverfront Area and Lock and Dam 19, (800) 383-1219
Perry Reservoir, (620) 672-5911
Ballard Wildlife Management Area, (502) 224-2244
White Kitchen Preserve, (225) 338-1040
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, (207) 454 -7161
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, (410) 228-2677
Quabbin Reservoir, (413) 323-7221
Erie Marsh, (517) 316-0300
Voyageurs National Park, (218) 283-6600
Nelson Dewey State Park, (608) 725-5855
Sandy Island Natural History Area, (314) 968-1105
Hauser Lake, (406) 454-5840
Kingsley Dam, (402) 471-0641 or
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, (702) 293-8906
Adams Point Wildlife Management Area, (603) 271-2461
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, (570) 426-2452
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, (505) 248-6911
Mongaup Falls Reservoir, (845) 557-6162
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, (919) 733-4181
Riverdale Wildlife Management Area, (701) 328-6300
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, (419) 898-0014
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, (580) 626-4794
Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge, (530) 667-2231
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, (717) 787-1323
Scituate Reservoir, (401) 222-6800
ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, (404) 679-7154
Karl E. Mundt National Wildlife Refuge, (605) 487-7603
Reelfoot Lake State Park, (731) 253-9652
Lake Fork Reservoir
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, (435) 545-2522
Harriman Station, (603) 448-2200
Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, (703) 490-4979
Skagit River Bald Eagle Natural Area, (360) 445-4441
South Branch of the Potomac River, Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, (304) 424-0736
Nelson Dewey State Park, (608) 725-5374
Buffalo Bill State Park, (307) 587-9227
For more information on the recovery of the Bald Eagle, see these resources:
The Eagle Institute, based in the Northeast U.S.
The National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn.
Where Would They Be Now?, an article published by NWF about species brought back from the brink of extinction.