The nation’s eagle population has made a comeback, rising from a low of 417 breeding pairs in 1963 to more than 7,000 pairs in 2005. Here in Virginia, there are more than 700 nesting eagles, but wildlife experts say our national bird still faces serious dangers.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia says some eagles collide with wires or vehicles. Others are shot, but 11 percent are poisoned. Intern Kendra Jacomo recalls one young bird that died at the center this year.