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Bald Eagle Comeback in Texas is Noteworthy: What of its Future?

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While acting on a tip in November of 2018, a game warden from central Texas was able to rescue a bald eagle. Two months later, it has been reported that the rescued bird, a symbol of our freedom, will make a full recovery and is expected to be released back into the wild.

After a full investigation, it was determined that this particular bird was self-injured – having flown into a power line in the midst of a storm. Thanks to the efforts of the Texas game warden, it’s on its way to continued happiness and health in the Texas Hill Country, much like its fellow counterparts. This wasn’t always the case, however. Over the past two centuries, habitat loss and the ingestion of pesticides were cited as reasons for a drastic decline in the species, leading the bald eagle to be placed on the endangered species list in 1967. Following years of hard work and great strides in conservation and habitat improvements, the species was removed from the list and, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD,) appears to be doing quite well.

Shared on the TPWD YouTube channel, the above video lends some insight into the nature of this beautiful creature and why we’ve taken such a shine to its seeming perfection, gracefulness, and instinct. The video caption reads: “The Bald Eagle is now off the endangered species list and more eagles are calling Texas home. Get a close-up view of some eagle nests and see what’s in store for the future of the bald eagle.” The piece was filmed and shared back in 2010 and has since been viewed by over 14K.

From just four nesting pairs of the bald eagle here in Texas in the 1970s to now vastly improved numbers is a testament to the efforts made to save this majestic creature. The awe inspired by the bald eagle is something that can’t quite be gleaned from the viewing of a video, but the TPWD has done it fair justice with this short film on the breeding and continued good growth in numbers of the bald eagle here in Texas. Continued good work like that of the central Texas game warden only serves to improve the bird’s outlook, and the hopes that future generations will have the opportunity to view this majestic species in its wild Texas habitat is far improved as a result.