Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Capital Bird
Seeing bald eagles in the Washington DC area used to be impossible; the last wild birds were spotted in the 1940s. But after decades of species protection, a nest was found in 2001. Today keep you eyes eagle-sharp as you stroll along the region's waterways. You might spot a white-headed bird perched in a nest high in a tree.
Valued today as a symbol of conservation, bald eagles were not always so treated.
• In the early 1900s the abundant birds were seen as pests.
• Hunters were paid a bounty for dead birds.
• Pesticides, especially DDT, weakened eggshells; nesting birds broke the eggs.
By the mid 1900s, things started to turn around. Hunting became illegal and then DDT was banned. Today bald eagles are found throughout North America.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 55.784′ N, 77° 2.968′ W. Marker is in Smithsonian National Zoo, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Connecticut Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. On the grounds of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rebuilding in the Wild (about 400 feet away); The O-Line (about 500 feet away); Aldabra Tortoise (about 500 feet away); The Book That Brought a Dinosaur to Life (about 600 feet away); A Hollywood Legend at the Zoo? (about 700 feet away); How to Drink Coffee and Save Birds (about 700 feet away); Smithsonian's National Zoo (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithsonian National Zoo.
Categories. • Animals • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.