Bald Eagles Found in Southern California

Bald Eagles Found in Southern California

After more than 50 years, a pair of bald eagles has been found in the San Clemente Island off the Southern California. The bald eagles vanished from the region after the DDT poisoning in the 1960s and the authorities took steps to ban DDT.

The National Park Service announced that a pair of bald eagles has been spotted in the Clemente Island. As per official records, bald eagles have been recently noticed in five of the eight islands on the Channel Islands.

Environmentalists are expecting further recovery in the population of bald eagles. Due to use of DDT, which entered the food chain, the eggshells of bald eagles became very weak. The thin eggshells were breaking easily, causing extinction of the bald eagles in the region.

Wildlife officials have released 61 chicks in the northern Channel Islands. The reestablishment program for bald eagles started in 2002.

The wildlife service is not breeding eagles in captivity anymore. There have been reports of natural hatchings in the recent years.

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