Eagles Honor Our Nation’s Freedom, Now 1,499 Active Nesting Territories In Florida

By  //  July 4, 2016

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With its proud profile and soaring flight, the bald eagle symbolizes our nation and its freedom this July 4th, Independence Day. (Photo by George Gentry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

With its proud profile and soaring flight, the bald eagle symbolizes our nation and its freedom this July 4th, Independence Day.

Like our republic, the bald eagle has had to fight to survive. By the mid-20th century, bald eagles were disappearing from the lower 48 states due to direct persecution and eggshells being weakened by a now-banned pesticide DDT.

When the Endangered Species Act passed in 1973, only 88 active bald eagle nests were documented in Florida. Based on our recent nest surveys, we now estimate 1,499 active nesting territories statewide!

Today Florida is among the best places in the continental U.S. to look for bald eagles, especially near inland lakes and coastal areas where they hunt for fish and other prey.

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