bald_eagle.jpgBald eagles are found throughout most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. About half of the world's 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska. This large bird prefers habitat close to seacoast or other bodies of water such as lakes. The Bald eagle love to be in areas that have lots of fish. It is also spotted in areas that are free from human interference. The main diet of the bald eagle is on fish, although sometimes they eat other birds. Bald eagles are at the top of the food chain. Below them are fish, water insects, plankton, and algae.

The bald eagle is an endangered species due its habitat being destroyed, and DDT pesticides, and thinning of egg shells. The pesticides made the eggs fragile, breaking them when the bald eagles tried to sit on them. Another reason the bald eagle is an endangered species is the poisoning of its prey. Because of the pollutants put in water its prey get poisoned and the bald eagle gets those poisons in there bodies. The population of the Bald Eagle is now increasing slowly due to various actions taken by the Government. For one, the use of DDT has been completely banned, though some states in Southern America still use it. The ban of DDT has been instrumental in increasing the population of the Bald Eagle. The bald eagle is now moving its way up and off the endangered species list.

The government is doing a great job on preserving the bald eagle and moving them up off the endangered species list. The ban of DDT has restored the correct shape of the eggs, and the eggs are obviously a huge factor of the population of bald eagles. To help the preservation of the bald eagle I think the government needs to step in and take more action. The pollution of oceans is not acceptable. Laws on littering should have harder punishments and be enforced more. Traps on bald eagles should be banned and game hunting should be illegal.

Citations:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/endangered-bald-eagle.html
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/bald-eagle-habitat.html
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Example_of_a_bald_eagle_food_chain
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_is_the_Bald_eagle_an_endangered_species
http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/

By Matt Ziemba