This edition of Wildlife in Spotlight features the Bald Eagle: A Success Story! We trace the remarkable recovery of the national bird of the United States from the brink of extinction to healthy numbers. We do so in an interview with Dr. Bob Sargent who heads the bald eagle management program for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. It is a fascinating interview in which he touches upon the timeline of the recovery of the species, measures implemented for the recovery along with many interesting facts. I would like to thank Dr. Sargent for making time for the interview and for sharing this truly inspiring story with us!The interview has been formatted in the following order:
• Introduction: Interesting facts about the bald eagle and web links to live nest cams.
• Conservation: Threats that decimated the bald eagle population, timeline of policy implementation, and recovery of species.
• Ongoing concerns and recovery plan.
Please scroll down to read the full transcript of the interview with Dr. Sargent.
Mr. Pete Griffin who is mentioned in this interview is the training and development specialist and outreach coordinator for the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, GA. I first met him during a presentation on bald eagles at the Endangered Species Day at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens over the summer.
The interview has been edited and condensed.