East Texas Quarterly Magazine Summer 2015 - Page 8

nesting, feeding, loafing, and wintering habitat must be a priority if we are to maintain the current upward trend in Bald Eagle numbers in Texas. nesting activity. The 2005 survey identified 160 active nests which fledged at least 204 young. This compares with only 5 known nest sites in 1971. These numbers show encouraging trends for Texas. With continued vigilance, protection, and informed management, today’s Texans can ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy the sight of our majestic national symbol - the only eagle unique to North America. In Texas, the greatest challenge for the future will be to prevent further destruction of habitat and retention of sufficient creek and river flows to support a food base for breeding and wintering eagles. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in cooperation with landowners, other agencies and conservation groups, is continuing to monitor breeding and wintering Bald Eagle populations. Monitoring of nesting success is particularly important in detecting any problems associated with contaminants in the environment. Finally, appropriate management of 6 East Texas Quarterly Magazine