The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has two bald eagles.
Bald eagles are at the top of the food chain, so they have no natural enemies. When their population drops, that means humans have done something to harm the eagles’ wild habitat. In the mid 1900s, farmers began using pesticides to protect their crops from insects. They didn’t realize that eagles would eat fish from bodies of water that had been contaminated by overuse of the poison. Eagles became endangered. Fortunately, the use of pesticides is better regulated now, and bald eagles have made a dramatic comeback in some states. However, what happened to them shows how all wildlife is linked together.
Bald eagles are currently classified as threatened in southern Canada and most of the United States by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. They are still abundant in their northern range, especially in Alaska.
One way to help eagles and other birds is to recycle paper so that there will be more trees left for them to nest in.