In 1963, the continguous 48 states had just 417 bald eagles. The beautiful birds were on the way out (though they were doing much better in Alaska and Canada).
Today, thanks to laws protecting the species from hunters and chemicals, the 48 states have nearly 10,000 bald eagles.
“Today I am proud to announce the eagle has returned,” Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne proclaimed at a ceremony two days ago near the Jefferson Memorial.
“It’s really one of the greatest conservation success stories in U.S. history,” said Tony Iallonardo, a spokesman for the National Audubon Society.
It’s proof that good stewardship has good results.