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Bald eagle  (Photo: Lou Buscher)
Bald eagle (Photo: Lou Buscher)

NY's bald eagle population soaring

Environmental officials say New York's bald eagle population may be at its highest level since restoration work began more than 30 years ago. The DEC has conducted annual eagle surveys since 1979. Blanche Town, a DEC biologist based in Potsdam, is part of a team that conducts an aerial survey of the St. Lawrence River. She told Todd Moe that 101 bald eagles were counted on the river this year.  Go to full article

Keeping an eye on eagles

The bald eagle came close to extinction before strong measures were taken to help pull it back. The eagle was protected by the Endangered Species Act for 40 years. And the government banned toxic compounds such as DDT that caused damage to the eagles' eggs. Bob Allen caught up with researchers who are monitoring the health of the birds. They're finding the birds are still being exposed to toxic chemicals.  Go to full article

Fishing line threatens eagles

Just after the release of an encouraging report on the health of New York's bald eagle population, biologists and researchers are cautioning anglers on the use of monofilament fishing line. As Jonathan Brown reports, the used line - thrown on the shore by bait-and-lure casters - is a threat to eagles and other wildlife.  Go to full article

Delisting the Bald Eagle

Federal wildlife officials have proposed removing the bald eagle from the endangered species list. In the lower 48 states, bald eagles have recovered from around 400 nesting pairs in the early 1960s, to more than 7000 pairs today. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner reports.  Go to full article
An 8 week old bald eagle. Samples of feathers and blood are taken to check the bird's health. (Photo by Bob Kelleher)
An 8 week old bald eagle. Samples of feathers and blood are taken to check the bird's health. (Photo by Bob Kelleher)

Eagle Soaring Off Endangered Species List

The American Bald Eagle is expected to come off the endangered species list soon. Once a victim of hunting and pollution, the eagles are rebounding, but scientists say monitoring must continue, for the sake of the eagles and the sake of the environment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bob Kelleher reports.  Go to full article

Keeping Tabs on Eagles with West Nile Virus

A wild bird sanctuary is using high-tech tracking devices to keep track of bald eagles recovering from West Nile virus. There's no medicinal cure for the disease. But volunteers have nursed some bald eagles back to health. They've recently released a few of the birds and are watching to see if the disease affects their long term behavior. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Patty Murray has more.  Go to full article

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