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Preservation of state’s bald eagles important

John Frederick’s recent Altoona Mirror article regarding the recovery of the bald eagle was excellent.

Thanks to Endangered Species Act protections, the banning of DDT and state wildlife agency restoration efforts, the bald eagle has regained much of the ground lost in the last century.

DDT caused the thinning and breakage of eggs shells in birds of prey.

Banning this toxic chemical almost half a century ago allowed bald eagle nest success rates to return to normal levels.

Protections of the federal Endangered Species Act safeguarded bald eagles from harm not only to the birds themselves, but also to their nests and habitats.

State wildlife agency reintroduction efforts gave bald eagle populations a boost, accelerating their recovery.

Thanks to the aforementioned actions, the number of active bald eagle nests in Pennsylvania has soared, from a mere handful three decades ago to close to 400 this year.

It is now common to see bald eagles along the Little Juniata River, the Frankstown Branch, the Raystown Branch and the Juniata River.

Kudos to all who made this possible.

Stan Kotala

Altoona

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