Bald eagle 'a major attraction' in Baker

Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM.

●The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed the bald eagle, the United States' national bird, from its threatened and endangered species list in 2007.

●Nearly 10,000 bald eagle nesting pairs exist in the country, compared to 400 nesting pairs in 1963, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 ●Florida seems to be a hot spot for the species: The Sunshine State,Minnesota and Wisconsin sharethe country's largest concentrations of bald eagle nesting pairs  

●President Barack Obama declared Dec. 6 that wind farm operators with permits may kill bald eagles, without penalty, for up to 30 years, if they take certain precautionsto avoid doing so, and report bird deaths

●Residents can report bald eagles causing problems to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, 650-1880, or the local Florida Fish and Wildlife office, 265-3676.  

Email News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown, follow him on Twitter or call 850-682-6524.

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