Ohio nature lovers acquired some good news this spring, when the state Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife introduced the outcomes of its most up-to-date bald eagle census. The once-endangered nationwide image seems to be doing fairly nicely for itself right here. Eagles have been noticed throughout our personal communities.
According to ODNR, there are an estimated 806 bald eagle nests within the state. That’s a 14 % enhance from a 2020 residents science survey coordinated by the Division of Wildlife.
“Bald eagle management by the Division of Wildlife includes habitat conservation with an emphasis on wetlands and wooded river corridors, working with rehabilitators who help injured birds recover, and helping to enforce protective state and federal laws,” mentioned Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “We are incredibly proud that Ohio’s bald eagle population continues to improve and grow.”
If bald eagles are thriving, which means there is clear water from which they will seize wholesome fish. Back on the species’ low level within the state — 1979 — that wasn’t the case, and there have been solely an estimated 4 nesting pairs. We’ve come a good distance since then, when it comes to caring for the environment and wildlife.
But simply because bald eagles are doing higher right here doesn’t imply they don’t seem to be nonetheless a protected species. And simply because we’re doing higher for our natural world doesn’t imply we are able to ease up in our effort to make up for the harm performed over generations of air pollution and industrial harm.
Apparent success for the bald eagle ought to serve merely as inspiration to maintain doing higher. Clearly, we’re succesful.