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I have been following the recovery of the Arizona Bald Eagles ever since I moved to AZ in 1980. They started it in 1978. They were real active up on the Lower Salt River ( Phon D Sutton ) witch I used to fish all the time. They still have some plaques along the river talking about the hows and whys of the recovery. It was about 10years later that I was fishing on the Salt and got to see a eagle fly over me looking to snag my fish. Man what a sight. I never saw a Bald Eagle in the wild and knew that they could make a come back. Glad to see the removal from the list.

Hope noone mines me posting this from the G$F.

http://www.azgfd.gov/artman/publish/article_781.shtml

Arizona bald eagles recovered
Federal government removes bald eagles from Endangered Species List

Looking back nearly 30 years ago, skeptics said it could not be done. The notion of recovering a population of just 11 bald eagle pairs in Arizona to the point where they could be removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species was considered unthinkable.
But on June 28, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced the delisting of the bald eagle from its "threatened" status, removing it from the Endangered Species Act. With delisting, the bald eagle becomes the primary public trust responsibility of the state wildlife agencies. Although delisting removes the bald eagle from the Endangered Species Act, five federal laws and the Arizona Revised Statutes Title 17 still offer adequate protection for the species in Arizona.
"Today we not only celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle, but the efforts of our cooperators that brought us to this point in Arizona," said Duane Shroufe, director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Since the bald eagle's listing in 1978 under the Endangered Species Act, federal, state, and local agencies, Native American tribes, and private organizations in our state have teamed together for one common goal: to recover this magnificent bird in Arizona.
After the Southwest Region's Recovery Plan was written in 1982, six agencies met to discuss how to manage the bald eagles in Arizona, which occur across many jurisdictional boundaries. The result was the formation of the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee (SWBEMC). The SWBEMC fostered a relationship of cooperation through the sharing of knowledge and resources to identify the population size and limit the threats to recovery.
Currently, the SWBEMC meets twice a year and has grown to 22 representative agencies. These include: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Public Service, Arizona State Parks, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, National Park Service, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Salt River Project, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tonto Apache Tribe, GeoMarine Incorporated, The Navajo Nation, The Hopi Tribe, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
Together, they put in place one of the most comprehensive and proactive management strategies for any listed species. Among the actions:
  • To document the distribution of bald eagles on their lands, the U.S. Forest Service began ground surveys for the species in the late 1970s. However, Arizona's rugged terrain and steep canyons limited these efforts. The SWBEMC pooled resources and, with the help of Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, started helicopters surveys in 1985. The result was accurate documentation of productivity and the discovery of 53 breeding areas by 2007.
  • In 1978, the U.S. Forest Service started the Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program. The program at that time was a two-person effort by Maricopa Audubon Society volunteers to monitor a nest near Bartlett Lake. The purpose was to monitor the bald eagle nest, document human activity, and educate the public about bald eagles' sensitivity to disturbance during the breeding cycle. Now, the Arizona Game and Fish Department coordinates this program, with funding assistance from the SWBEMC members, contracting over 20 biologists annually and monitoring bald eagle nests statewide.
  • The SWBEMC also began to collect information and implement management practices to identify and alleviate the factors impeding bald eagle population growth. These included: seasonal closures within bald eagle breeding areas to limit human activity during sensitive stages of the breeding cycle; a banding and visual identification study to assess survivorship; winter surveys to identify important wintering habitats; and a contaminant study to monitor the occurrences of chemicals that caused the greatest population declines.
More than 20 years of protective management in Arizona have lead to a population increase from 22 bald eagles when the species was listed, to more than 96 in 2007.
In 2007, the Arizona Game and Fish Department solidified these strategies in a document that will guide management well into the future. The Conservation Assessment and Strategy for the Bald Eagle in Arizona not only describes the results of past management efforts, but the current status of the species, and what may still be limiting growth of the Arizona population. Many members of the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee committed to following these guidelines by signing a Memorandum of understanding on January 24, 2007.
Nationwide, the population of about 250,000 bald eagles in the late 1800s began to decline when they were shot for feathers and trophies. In the early 1900s, the loss of the great bison herds affected the eagles' prey base, and secondary poisoning of livestock to control predators extirpated bald eagle populations in some parts of their range. However, the largest decline occurred during the post-World War II use of insecticides. Accumulation of DDT in bald eagles reduced egg thickness to the point of fracture, resulting in large reproductive losses.
In 1963, only 417 breeding pairs of bald eagles existed in the contiguous United States. Concerns about the bald eagle resulted in its protection in 1967 under the Endangered Species Preservation Act, a precursor to the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now estimates there are more than 9,789 pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 states.
"The Arizona Game and Fish Department is dedicated to continuing the management programs that have worked so well over the past 20 years," Shroufe stated. "Congressionally allocated State Wildlife Grants and Arizona voter-approved Heritage funds will be the mainstay of our management for this species. The state's Heritage Fund once again will prove "Lottery Dollars Working for Wildlife" is both an affirmation of public support for such efforts, and a way to protect crucial elements of the environmental quality of life that Arizonans cherish."
 

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This one was wandering around Lake Pleasant a few weeks ago. The nest along the Agua Fria River has been active for many years now, and access to the area is shut down each spring. -TONY

 
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Hey Paul if'n you had joined us at Parker last year yu would have seen one up close and personal, like Cochise did.

Saw a lot of Bald and Golden Eagles on our recent trip.
 
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