What do you enjoy most about working with bald eagles?
Bald eagles are a species you can now see right here around the zoo! There are several nests along the Potomac River where you can see them. It’s also pretty neat to work with an animal that is getting a second chance. Without zoological facilities and nature centers, injured birds of prey would not have a place to live.
How can folks at home help bald eagles?
Bald eagles were once listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature; only 417 pairs were left in 1963. Thanks to strict regulations and tireless conservation efforts, the population has recovered. In 2007, they were removed from the Endangered Species List! However, bald eagles still face threats in the wild, including lead and rodenticide poisoning, illegal shooting, habitat loss and territorial disputes with other bald eagles.
The good news is you can help bald eagles thrive! Be a good steward of the environment by keeping the waters clean. An eagle’s primary food source is fish, so whatever pollutants fish are exposed to or consume, eagles are susceptible to as well. If you fish, remember to pick up fishing line and dispose of it properly. If line is left in the water or in a tree, an eagle could become entangled in it.
Be cautious about pest management, too. Birds of prey, including eagles, eat mice. Try not to use rodenticides, as they may kill more animals then intended.
Lastly, if you hunt, use alternative ammunition instead of lead. A recent study showed that 46% of bald eagles had chronic lead poisoning, and 27% to 33% of bald eagles had acute lead poisoning.
Keep an eye on the Zoo’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates on Acadia’s debut. In the meantime, check out adult female Annie on American Trail when you plan your visit today.