Bald Eagles Return to the Mississippi Gulf Coast


by Mark W. LaSalle, Ph.D., Our Mississippi Home

The site of a soaring Bald Eagle always gives me pause. The distinctive white heads and tails of adults helps them stand out, whether in flight or perched in a tree. The neat thing for us is that we can see these anywhere in the state of Mississippi. No need to go to Alaska. Yes, American Bald Eagles live and nest here!

We can be excused if we did not know this, as many birds of prey and other birds at the top of the food chain were driven to near extinction due to the rampant use of DDT and other pesticides in the 1950s and 60s. The accumulation of these chemicals across the food chain (bioaccumulation) manifested in thin eggshells that broke during incubation. Birds like Bald Eagles, Osprey, and Brown Pelicans, that feed on fish, disappeared from much of the country. Imagine not…

This article first appeared on Our Mississippi Home.

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