Bald eagle has been removed from Endangered and threatened Species list in Vermont
Recently, officials said that after more than a decade of restoration work, Vermont has removed the bald eagle, the bird of prey found in North America, from its threatened and endangered species list.
Back in 2021 in Vermont, around 64 young eagles were discovered by biologists and more than 75 young ones were found in a recovery region that includes portions of New Hampshire and New York. Vermont was the only state without breeding eagles until confirmation came in September 2008 that a bald eagle pair had successfully raised a young eagle along the upper reaches of the Connecticut River.
“Today marks the official delisting of the bald eagle from Vermont’s Endangered and Threatened Species List, along with listing changes and additions for six other species and three critical habitats,” Vermont Fish and Wildlife shared on Facebook.
“The bald eagle’s successful restoration and delisting is the result of more than a decade of dedicated work by VTFWD staff, with partners like the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), Audubon Vermont, Outreach for Earth Stewardship, National Wildlife Federation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many more. It shows that Vermonters have the ability to restore and conserve the species and habitats that we cherish.”
“Meanwhile, new endangered designations for species as diverse as the American bumblebee, the brook floater mussel, and the rue anemone wildflower, and critical habitat listings ranging from spiny softshell turtle nesting beaches to bat hibernaculums highlight the work ahead. All together, these updated listings are a vital step towards enabling VTFWD to carry out our conservation mission, for all Vermonters,” according to the Facebook post by Vermont Fish and Wildlife.
Deforestation, habitat destruction, and the use of the DDT pesticide in the 1940s reduced the numbers of bald eagles. In the 1960s, the birds were nearly wiped out. the DDT was banned in 1972. After six years, the bald eagle was listed as endangered species.
“The bald eagle’s de-listing is a milestone for Vermont. This reflects more than a decade of dedicated work by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and partners. It shows that Vermonters have the capacity to restore and protect the species and habitats that we cherish,” said Mark Scott, Director of Wildlife Division.
According to Rosalind Renfrew, Vermont’s wildlife diversity manager, the removal of bald eagles from the list of endangered species will reduce the state’s monitoring of the bird. Although, other caring and conservation efforts will be there, such as the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
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