Question Sheet: Bald Eagles Forever
- Why is the bald eagle important to the United States? Where is it on the $1
- What is the Endangered Species Act?
- Why was the population of bald eagles in the United States so low in the
- What is DDT? How is it used? What problems did it cause?
- What role does the Endangered Species Act play in environmental protection?
- Why do some scientists say that bald eagles shouldn’t be removed from the
list of endangered and threatened species?
- How are scientists keeping track of bald eagle populations?
- When do scientists check for baby bald eagle chicks?
- What role does the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service play in the process of
removing bald eagles from the endangered species list? See www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/(U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service).
- Do you think bald eagles should still be considered an endangered species?
List three reasons why the birds should be taken off the list and three reasons
why they should not be taken off the list. See www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/baldeagle.htm (U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service) and www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/eagles/bald.html(PBS).
- A variety of environmental groups have protested a proposal to weaken the
Endangered Species Act. Why are they opposed to such a change? Who’s in favor of
this change? Why? See www.sierraclub.org/pressroom/releases/pr2005-09-22b.asp
(Sierra Club) and www.house.gov/pombo/press/press2005/sept29_05.htm (Congressman
- What is Earthjustice? What role do lawyers have in helping to protect the
environment? See www.earthjustice.org/ (Earthjustice).
How did the bald eagle become the emblem of the United States? See www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle9.html (baldeagleinfo.com). Do you think bald eagles are an appropriate or suitable symbol for the United States? Why or why not? Would another animal be a more suitable symbol? If so, which one? Why?
- Write a persuasive letter to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service about
whether to take bald eagles off the endangered species list or keep them on.
- Compose a short poem or song about the bald eagle as a symbol of the United
Bald Eagles were once common throughout most of the United States. There may have been as many as 500,000 bald eagles in the early 1700s. In the continental U.S., their population fell to threatened levels of less than 10,000 nesting pairs by the 1950s and to endangered levels of less than 500 pairs by the early 1960s. There are now more than 5,000 nesting pairs and 20,000 total birds in the lower 48 states. There are more than 35,000 bald eagles in Alaska.
- What percentage of all bald eagles in the United States now live in Alaska?
- Given that there are 5,000 nesting pairs, how many bald eagles are not
- By what percentage did the number of nesting pairs decrease from the 1950s
to the 1960s?
- By what percentage has the number of nesting pairs increased from the 1960s