Target: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Goal: Applaud efforts to save the United States’ national symbol and encourage vigilant bald eagle protections in the future.
A pair of bald eagles have built a nest in New York City for the first time in approximately 100 years. This is very exciting news when you consider that in 1976 only one nesting pair of eagles remained in all of New York State and the female had so much DDT in her system, she couldn’t produce eggs. Today, we can celebrate that there are about 200 nesting pairs of bald eagles in New York State, including an urban nesting pair on the south side of Staten Island in New York City.
The fact that a nesting pair of bald eagles chose to locate so close to an intensely urban environment proves how much their overall numbers have increased. Eagles have been threatened for a very long time and ForceChange has been part of a 40-year drive to save them and bring their numbers back.
In 1963, there were only 487 nesting pairs of eagles left in the continental United States. Starting with a ban on DDT in 1972 and the passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973, an untold number of individuals and groups have worked to save our nation’s symbol from being eliminated in the lower 48 states. It is nothing less than miraculous to find out that a nesting pair of bald eagles chose to be located within the borders of one of the world’s largest urban centers, New York City.
In this moment of celebration, we want to express our gratitude to the U.S. Department of the Interior for its leadership in saving the eagle population along with all of the people and groups who contributed so much to making it possible. Sign the petition below to praise efforts to save the bald eagle and to urge all supportive groups to continue their vigilance because the threats to animal life and the bald eagle continue to multiply.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
I would like to thank you and the U.S. Department of the Interior for your leadership in saving our nation’s symbol, the bald eagle. In 1976, there was only one nesting pair of eagles left in all of New York State and the female had so much DDT in her system, she couldn’t produce eggs. Today, there are about 200 nesting pairs of bald eagles in New York State, including an urban nesting pair on the south side of Staten Island, New York City.
To find a nesting pair located within the borders of one of the world’s largest urban centers is a victory 40 years in the making, and took the efforts of countless individuals and groups. Our heartfelt thanks to all who made this happen in the hopes that they will continue their vigilance as the threats to animal life and the bald eagle continue to multiply.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Tony Hisgett