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Apr 14, 2017

Will we prevail over habitat loss and climate change?

Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
A Bald Eagle (pictured above) is perched atop a redwood tree in Milpitas, California.   The birds, once endangered, have made a comeback in the San Francisco Bay area.   The local and national flourishing of eagles in America is the pay-off for decades of environmental investment.   
However, illegal shooting of this magnificent bird is the biggest threat to their survival.   Other threats include lead poisoning from ducks that have consumed lead shot, power line electrocution and habitat loss.
Meanwhile, a report by the National Audubon Society, released last fall, stated 126 bird species could lose half of their range by 2050, with 188 more species in danger of losing their homes by 2080.   The big question marks for the future of all avian species are the effects of global warming and gross environmental change, plus our ability to deal with it.
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