Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Bald Eagle / Amelia the Bald Eagle
Bald eagles are large birds of prey found throughout North America. They typically prefer habitats near lakes, streams, or rivers where they can hunt for their primary prey of fish. However, bald eagles also regularly eat ducks, squirrels, rabbits, muskrats, and carrion (carcasses of dead animals).
A Conservation Success Story
Populations were historically decimated by pollution, overhunting, and habitat destruction. One of the greatest threats was from the use of the chemical DDT. DDT would accumulate in fish eaten by the eagles, causing them to produce eggs with thin shells that would crack in the nest and prevent young eagles from hatching. The ban of DDT and the creation of the Endangered Species Act in the early 1970s has led to a dramatic increase in the eagle population. In fact, the population has increased from 400 pairs in the United States in the early 1970s to nearly 7,000 pairs!
Amelia the Bald Eagle
Amelia came to us as an ambassador for her species in 2014. She was injured with a complex fracture of her humerus in the wild in the state
How Can I Help Bald Eagles?
You can help bald eagles by cleaning up pollution near lakes, streams, and rivers; hunting or shooting with lead-free ammunition; or by volunteering at your zoo. If you would like to help us save birds of prey by volunteering at the Good Zoo, please e-mail ZooOffice@oglebay.com.
Erected by The Good Zoo at Oglebay Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 2014.
Location. 40° 5.837′ N, 80° 40.114′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker is on Zoo Circle, 0.4 miles south of Waddington Drive, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 387 Zoo Cir, Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. White-Naped Crane (within shouting distance of this marker); Bobcat (within shouting distance of this marker); Pallas's Cat Conservation (within shouting distance of this marker); Eastern Box Turtle (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grevy's Zebra (about 400 feet away); Snow Leopard (about 400 feet away); Red Wolf (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Red Wolf (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.