Bald Eagle by Susan H. Gray

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Susan also likes to garden and play the piano. She lives in Cabot, Arkansas, with her husband Michael and many pets. 32 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY 21st Century Skills Library The bald eagle is known to people around the world as a symbol of the United States. In the early 1800s, as many as 100,000 bald eagles lived there. By the 1960s, the familiar bird of prey was nearly extinct. What happened? Read this book to find out how human activity brought the handsome eagle close to extinction. Discover how human efforts helped it fight back and once again become a familiar sight in North American skies.

See eaglets. Clark, William, 13–14 claws. See talons. color, 7, 9, 11 factories, 18 feathers, 7, 8, 9, 11, 21, 24 feet, 7, 27 females, 7, 9–10, 17 fish, 7, 11, 12, 17 flight, 4–5, 11 Florida, 5 food, 7, 10, 11, 12, 17 Franklin, Benjamin, 12 nesting pairs, 5, 7–8, 11, 18, 23, 28 nests. See aeries. pesticides, 5, 15–17, 22–23, 24 poisoning, 15–17, 18 population, 5, 13–15, 16, 18, 23, 24 power lines, 18, 27, 28 prey, 7, 10, 11, 12, 17 governments, 18, 19, 21, 23–24 recovery plans, 23–24 religious ceremonies, 21 habitats, 6, 18, 21, 24, 29 hatchlings, 9 humans, 15, 17, 18, 26–27 hunting, 7, 10, 11 DDT (dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane), 16–17, 22–23, 24 deaths, 11–12, 15, 21, 27, 28 delisted species, 18, 25–26 down, 9 eaglets, 4–5, 10, 11, 17, 28 education, 24 eggs, 9, 17, 21, 23 endangered species, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25–26, 28 Endangered Species Preservation Act, 21, 22 eyes, 7 settlers, 15 sizes, 7 laws, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25 legs, 7 Lewis, Meriwether, 13–14 life spans, 12 talons, 7, 10 threatened species, 18, 23 toes, 7 tracking, 18, 24, 26, 28 malaria, 17, 22 males, 7, 9–10 mating.

Hicks, Terry Allan. The Bald Eagle. Tarrytown, NY: Benchmark Books, 2006. Warhol, Tom, and Chris Reiter. Eagles. Tarrytown, NY: Benchmark Books, 2004. S. S. Fish and Wildlife Service page for kids with links to “Species in the Spotlight,” including bald eagles ROAD TO RECOVERY: Bald Eagle 31 Index aeries, 4, 5, 7–9, 10, 11, 14, 18, 21, 27, 28 Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC), 27–28 Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, 21 Bald Eagle Protection Act, 19, 21, 22 beaks, 7 Broley, Charles, 5 chicks.

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