History of the Bald Eagle
According to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, a century ago more than 70 pairs of bald eagles nested in the state; by 1960, that number was reduced to a single known active nest in New York State. Hundreds of eagles had wintered along the Upper Delaware; by the 1960s, a sighting was rare.
The outlook for the bald eagle is increasingly promising.
The banning of DDT in 1972 was among recent inroads made toward a cleaner environment, which also benefitted eagle populations.
While still protected by the Bald Eagle Act, eagles in most states have been upgraded from "endangered species" to "threatened," largely due to intensive protection and restoration efforts.
Regionally, the Upper Delaware River has played an important role in this population growth.
Did You Know?
The American Shad are a saltwater fish that migrate from the Atlantic Ocean up the Delaware River to spawn in the spring. Fish reach the upper portions of the river by early to mid May. After spawning many of the weakened adult Shad die, usually in late June and into July.