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Best places to view the wintering Bald Eagle

January 21st, 2010

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.

Bald Eagle (Photo: National Wildlife Federation.)

Bald Eagle (Photo: National Wildlife Federation.)

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.

The National Wildlife Federation, knowing that familiarity breeds fondness (at least when it comes to wildlife), is asking Americans to celebrate the return of the Bald Eagle by going bird watching.

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:

Alabama
Lake Guntersville State Park, (256) 571-5440 or

Alaska
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, (907) 465-4563 or

Arizona
Mormon Lake, (928) 527-3600

Arkansas
Beaver Lake, (479) 636-1210

California
Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge, (530) 667-2231

Colorado
Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, (719) 589-4021 or

Connecticut
Connecticut River Shepaug Eagle Observation Area

Delaware
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, (302) 653-9345

Florida
Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area: Prairie Lakes Unit, (407) 436-1818

Georgia
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, (912) 496-7836

Hawaii
Bald eagles are found in every state but Hawaii.

Idaho
Lake Coeur d’Alene/Wolf Lodge Bay, (877) 782-9232 or

Illinois
Cedar Glen Eagle Roost

Indiana
Monroe Lake, (812) 837-9546

Iowa
Keokuk Riverfront Area and Lock and Dam 19, (800) 383-1219

Kansas
Perry Reservoir, (620) 672-5911

Kentucky
Ballard Wildlife Management Area, (502) 224-2244

Louisiana
White Kitchen Preserve, (225) 338-1040

Maine
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, (207) 454 -7161

Maryland
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, (410) 228-2677

Massachusetts
Quabbin Reservoir, (413) 323-7221

Michigan
Erie Marsh, (517) 316-0300

Minnesota
Voyageurs National Park, (218) 283-6600

Mississippi
Nelson Dewey State Park, (608) 725-5855

Missouri
Sandy Island Natural History Area, (314) 968-1105

Montana
Hauser Lake, (406) 454-5840

Nebraska
Kingsley Dam, (402) 471-0641 or

Nevada
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, (702) 293-8906

New Hampshire
Adams Point Wildlife Management Area, (603) 271-2461

New Jersey
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, (570) 426-2452

New Mexico
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, (505) 248-6911

New York
Mongaup Falls Reservoir, (845) 557-6162

North Carolina
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, (919) 733-4181

North Dakota
Riverdale Wildlife Management Area, (701) 328-6300

Ohio
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, (419) 898-0014

Oklahoma
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, (580) 626-4794

Oregon
Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge, (530) 667-2231

Pennsylvania
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, (717) 787-1323

Rhode Island
Scituate Reservoir, (401) 222-6800

South Carolina
ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, (404) 679-7154

South Dakota
Karl E. Mundt National Wildlife Refuge, (605) 487-7603

Tennessee
Reelfoot Lake State Park, (731) 253-9652

Texas
Lake Fork Reservoir

Utah
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, (435) 545-2522

Vermont
Harriman Station, (603) 448-2200

Virginia
Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, (703) 490-4979

Washington
Skagit River Bald Eagle Natural Area, (360) 445-4441

West Virginia
South Branch of the Potomac River, Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, (304) 424-0736

Wisconsin
Nelson Dewey State Park, (608) 725-5374

Wyoming
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.


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