Threats to Eagles: 🦅
• Pesticides: the pesticide DDT has taken its toll on the U.S. eagle population. During the 1960s, the bald eagle population was significantly reduced because of the widespread use of this pesticide, which compromised the integrity of their egg shells and killed many unborn chicks. Although it was banned 40 years ago, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) has expressed concern that conservative groups are promoting widespread use of it again for malaria control.
• Poisoning: majority of eagle poisoning occurs when eagles eat poisoned foods put out by farmers who wish to protect their livestock from predators like foxes or coyotes. However, the impact that this has on non-targeted wildlife like eagles is highly significant.
• Electrocution: deaths normally occur when the birds land on power lines, and their wings or feet accidentally touch two lines and form a circuit. Eagles have also been known to fly directly into power lines that are not visible in poor weather conditions.
• Habitat Loss: According to The American Eagle Foundation, the largest man-made threat to eagle populations is the development of waterfront property because eagles depend on shoreline habitats and aquatic food coerces. They said that cutting of ‘old growth forest’ where bald eagles prefer to nest and perch has conflicted with the interests of people seeking lumber for housing and commercial products.