Tuesday, October 2, 2007

On the mend

This bald eagle, which was rendered flightless by a poacher's gunshot, is now being cared for at the wildlife habitat at Grandfather Mountain. Our national bird and symbol since 1782, the bald eagle has made a dramatic comeback since 1963 when it was estimated only 417 nesting pairs remained. Today that number is nearly 10,000 (with 120 in TN and 60 in NC). Click here for map. And while their numbers have rebounded, their preferred waterfront habitat is continually threatened with development.

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