Bald Eagles Forever

Recommended Web sites:
You can learn more about the bald eagle at (U.S. Geological Survey), (American Eagle Foundation), (National Wildlife Federation), and of Wildlife).

The Eagles Forever! Web site and contest information are at

(Eagles Forever!).

To learn more about the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973, go to (Defenders of Wildlife) and (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service).

Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:

The Bald Eagle Returns— Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Published by Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

As recently as the 1980s, the U.S. national symbol—the bald eagle—was in grave danger of becoming extinct. But as a result of an immense conservation effort, the number of bald eagles in the lower 48 states has tripled in the past 20 years. This book serves both as an introduction to this remarkable bird and as a history of its decline and reemergence in America. The book begins with a description of bald eagle behavior and family life. It describes how scientists gather information about the bald eagle, why bald eagles began to die out, and the efforts made to restore the bald eagle to its former habitats. The book also mentions the reverence that Native Americans and the founding fathers had for the bald eagle. The book closes with a chapter on the bird’s future.

Bald Eagles— Karen Dudley

Published by Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1998.

Bald eagles are sometimes called the lions of the sky because of their meat-intensive diets. In captivity, they can live up to 50 years. Bald eagles are extremely protective of their young and can knock a human out of a tree if he or she gets too close to a nest. Learn many more facts about bald eagles, such as why the bald eagle is the national bird. Photographs take you up close to these fascinating and majestic birds.

There’s Still Time: The Success of the Endangered Species Act— Mark Galan

Published by National Geographic Society, 1997.

Did you know it takes an act of Congress to remove an animal from the endangered species list? Learn about some of the animals considered threatened and endangered. Each page has a photo and a few paragraphs about the plant or animal. From the passenger pigeon to the gray whale, scientists speculate that at least 1 of the 1.75 million known animal species vanishes each day.

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Power Words

DDT Short for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. A powerful chemical compound

that kills insects and is also poisonous to humans and animals. Farmers used to use DDT on their crops but are no longer allowed to because the chemical is very harmful to the environment.

endangered species A plant or animal that is found in such small numbers that it is in danger of becoming extinct, usually because its habitat is being destroyed. Ginkgo trees,

chimpanzees, and blue whales are endangered species.


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