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
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