Return of a Native
In the fall, there is an influx of Bald Eagles into Alabama from northern states and Canada. These migrants spend the winter in Alabama enjoying moderate temperatures before returning north in the spring.
Historically, Bald Eagles nested in Alabama's Tennessee Valley and the state's coastal region. The population dwindled in the 1950's and 1960s due mainly to the devastating effects of DDT poisoning. This chemical passed through the food chain by accumulating in the fish, which in turn are eaten by eagles. DDT in the eagles caused eggshell to thin so that they broke during incubation and failed to hatch. The population plummeted, wintering eagle sin Alabama became rare and the breeding population completed died out.
Can you spot a bald eagle?
Adult Bald Eagles have a gleaming white head and tail, which contrasts against their dark body feathers. This striking characteristic, along with their bright yellow bill, does not fully develop until they mature at about five years of age. The adult female has wingspan of almost eight feet and may weigh as much as a fourteen pounds. The adult males are slightly smaller. Immature Bald Eagles, lacking the white head and tail, are often misidentified as Golden Eagles. Unlike Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles are not usually found near large bodies of water.
Bald Eagle Restoration
The work of many dedicated wildlife biologist and conservationists helped this magnificent bird of prey return to Alabama. Using a process known as hacking, 91 juvenile eagle were released throughout the state from 1985-91. Juvenile eagles take their first flights in Alabama, become imprinted on the geographic area and return to nest as adults.
Breeding and Nesting
Bald Eagles mate for life and share nesting and brood rearing responsibilities. Nests are often built in the crowns of tall trees near water. Pairs usually return to the same nest each year, adding new nesting material. One, two, or occasionally three eggs are laid from December to January and are incubated for 30-32 days. Eaglets are small at hatching and require nearly three months of development before leaving the nest.
Location. 34° 49.293′ N, 87° 18.944′ W. Marker is in Rogersville, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on McLean Drive. Touch for map. Marker is located at Joe Wheeler Bird Site #3 and boat docking in Joe Wheeler State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Rogersville AL 35652, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel Burney: 1763-1849 Revolutionary War Veteran / Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake (approx. 0.8 miles away); General Joseph Wheeler (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rogersville Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (approx. 1.2 miles away); Heritage Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lambís Ferry Road (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lauderdale County High School 1912 (approx. 1.5 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 3.6 miles away); Wheeler Dam ē Wheeler Reservoir/Locks (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogersville.
Also see . . .
1. Bald Eagle. Habitat Look for Bald Eagles near lakes, reservoirs, rivers, marshes, and coasts. For a chance to see large Bald Eagle congregations, check out wildlife refuges or large bodies of water in winter over much of the continent, or fish processing plants and dumpsters year-round in coastal Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. (Submitted on July 27, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
2. History and Impacts of the Pesticide DDT. What Is DDT? DDT, also known as dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, belongs to a class of pesticides known as organochlorides. A synthetic chemical compound that must be made in a laboratory (it doesn't occur in nature), DDT is a colorless, crystalline solid. DDT can't be dissolved in water; it is, however, easily dissolved in organic solvents, fats or oils. As a result of its tendency to dissolve in fats, DDT can build up in the fatty tissues of animals that are exposed to it. This accumulated build-up is known as bioaccumulation, and DDT is described by the EPA as a persistent, bioaccumulative toxin. (Submitted on July 29, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
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