30 Dec '15, 10pm

An Elegy for America's Oldest Bald Eagle

An Elegy for America's Oldest Bald Eagle

When it died earlier this month, the oldest known wild eagle in the U.S. still bore the tag that marked it as Eagle #629-03142. Photo: courtesy of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Don't Mess With Birds Threats to birds are mounting on Capitol Hill – we can stop them! Support Our Campaign A few weeks ago, a Bald Eagle died in Henrietta, New York. It was struck by a car, probably while tearing into a roadkill rabbit carcass. This was no ordinary bird: Eagle 629-03142, age 38, was the oldest wild banded Bald Eagle on record in the United States, and an alumnus of a conservation program that brought eagles back from near-extinction in New York. The eagle, a male, hatched in the summer of 1977, near a lake in northern Minnesota. At the time, Bald Eagles were on the endangered species list—at their lowest point, in 1963, only 487 breeding pairs remained in...

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