WASHINGTON, June 28, 2007 – After almost disappearing from the American scene, the Bald Eagle’s comeback is complete, thanks in part to the Defense Department.
In 1963, the lower 48 states were home to barely 400 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles. Today, after decades of conservation effort, they are home to some 10,000 nesting pairs, a 25-fold increase in the last 40 years.
WASHINGTON, D.C – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced the removal of the Bald Eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species at a ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The American Bald Eagle, the symbol of the United States, which once teetered on the brink of extinction, has rebounded sufficiently to be removed from a list of endangered US animals, officials in Washington announced Thursday.
The announcement by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne caps a four-decade struggle to help the national symbol recover.
The bald eagle was declared the nation’s symbol back in 1782. After nearly vanishing from the nation it represents, the American bald eagle has soared off the endangered species list.
Pigeon Forge, TN – June 26, 2007 — With the bald eagle scheduled to lose its Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection and related federal funding before June 29th, the American Eagle Foundation wants to inform concerned citizens and conservationists that their national symbol still needs help.
Pigeon Forge, TN, May 4, 2007 – Yesterday evening at 9:15 p.m., the first two of seven young Bald Eagles (or “eaglets”) from the San Francisco Zoo will touch down at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, via Delta Airlines.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) received the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Conservation Award on May 1, 2007 at a special ceremony in Atlanta.
PIGEON FORGE, TN, May 1, 2007 – The not-for-profit American Eagle Foundation announced today that the U.S. Senate unanimously approved (at 8:03 p.m.) a special resolution naming June 20, 2007 “American Eagle Day.”
Pigeon Forge, TN – February 2007 –Look into the piercing yellow eyes of a Bald Eagle named Challenger and you sense the travails of America’s national symbol. “He is probably the most famous eagle in United States history,” said Al Cecere, founder of the nonprofit American Eagle Foundation. “You could be walking down Times Square and people will come up and ask, ‘Is that Challenger?'”
American Eagle Foundation announces new endowment fund to support eagle monitoring and protection nationally after bird loses Edanagered Species Act protection and related government funding – Americans invited to build $100 million “nest-egg” for U.S. freedom symbol.
Pigeon Forge, TN, October 17, 2006 – The American bald eagle is set to be stripped of its Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection. The anticipated date is by June 29, 2007. With more than 7,000 pairs in the lower 48 states, eagle numbers have jumped markedly from the 417 pairs tallied in the DDT-driven 1960s – but many Americans remain unconvinced that the eagle is truly home free.
St. Paul, Minn. – (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday it is working to remove the Bald Eagle from the list of endangered species, following a court decision ordering it do so by Feb. 16 unless it can prove further delays are necessary.
Challenger is the country’s most famous Bald Eagle, flying at sports events from stock car races to the World Series. He may well be our most powerful ambassador for wildlife, too, with an all-American appeal that no one can resist.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Contributions to the American Eagle Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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