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Save the Majestic Golden Eagles Before It's Too Late

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Join us in a critical mission to save Connecticut's Eastern Golden Eagles from extinction.


The Eastern Golden Eagle, a breathtaking emblem of America’s wild skies, teeters on the brink of endangerment.

Once widespread across the United States, these majestic birds now face numerous threats that jeopardize their existence and could soon place them on the endangered species list. We need your help now more than ever to ensure their survival and restore their habitat.

A Threatened Existence

The Eastern Golden Eagle boasts a striking wingspan and a golden nape, symbolizing wilderness and freedom. Despite this iconic status, their population has dwindled to a critical low of fewer than 5,000 individuals in their breeding population1.

The reasons for their decline are multifaceted, primarily linked to human activity and environmental disruption.

Facing the Wind

One of the most significant threats to these birds is the encroachment of wind energy development. These installations, often not properly planned or sited, pose a severe risk to the eagles during their migration.

"Energy infrastructure that's not properly planned and sited along their migratory path has the potential to cause population declines," explains Lewis Grove, Director of Wind and Energy Policy at American Bird Conservancy. He emphasizes the need for the industry to conduct detailed assessments to minimize impacts on these protected birds2.

Urgent Conservation Needs

In response to the severe challenges faced by the Eastern Golden Eagle, conservation groups have stepped up to advocate for their protection under the Endangered Species Act, which would trigger critical habitat protections and conservation strategies1.

Community's Role

The path to conservation is not just in the hands of policymakers and scientists. It requires community engagement and public awareness. Educating the public about the risks such as electrocution from power lines and vehicle collisions, which remain prevalent threats, is crucial3.

The eagles' slow reproductive rate and small brood sizes mean that recovery from population declines can be slow and challenging, underscoring the need for immediate action3.

Take Action Today

The time to act is now. We can no longer afford to wait as the future of the Eastern Golden Eagle hangs in balance. Sign our petition today to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Eastern Golden Eagle as a Threatened or Endangered Distinct Population Segment under the Endangered Species Act. Your signature will add invaluable support to our efforts to ensure these magnificent raptors can thrive for generations to come.

Join us in this critical mission to save a symbol of our natural heritage. Together, we can make a difference. Sign the petition to save the Eastern Golden Eagle!

More on this issue:

  1. Braley Dodson, WTNH (30 April 2024), "Eagle found in Connecticut could be added to endangered list."
  2. American Bird Conservancy (13 November 2023), "Petition Urges Federal Protections for Eastern Golden Eagle."
  3. Todd E. Katzner, Michael N. Kochert, Karen Steenhof, Carol L. McIntyre, Erica H. Craig, and Tricia A. Miller, Birds of the World (17 Septemer 2020), "Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos."
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The Petition:

To the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service,

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned citizens, environmental advocates, and wildlife enthusiasts united through the platforms of GreaterGood and The Animal Rescue Site. We hereby petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to urgently consider listing the Eastern Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) as a Threatened or Endangered Distinct Population Segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The Eastern Golden Eagle, a magnificent raptor with a wingspan of up to seven feet, is a symbol of America’s natural heritage. This bird, which graces our skies with power and grace, is facing existential threats that have led to a perilous decline in its population. We believe that fewer than 5,000 individuals remain in their breeding population, with sightings in states like Connecticut being notably rare.

These eagles face multifaceted threats that jeopardize their survival:

  1. Habitat Loss: Significant disruptions due to human development, including wind energy installations along crucial migratory ridges, have diminished their natural habitats.
  2. Lead Poisoning: Residual lead from ammunition contaminates their food sources, leading to fatal poisoning.
  3. Electrocution: Power lines pose a deadly risk, often resulting in fatal accidents.
  4. Collision: The eagles are susceptible to vehicle and wind turbine collisions along their migratory path.

The slow reproductive rate of the Eastern Golden Eagle further complicates recovery efforts, as they mature slowly and produce few offspring. The current demographic trends, coupled with environmental pressures, indicate a stark future for this species unless immediate action is taken.

In light of these challenges, it is crucial that the FWS act promptly to provide the necessary legal protections to stabilize and eventually increase the population of the Eastern Golden Eagle. The designation of the Eastern Golden Eagle as a Threatened or Endangered DPS would mobilize critical conservation resources and enforce habitat protections that are vital for the survival of this iconic bird.

We urge the FWS to make a positive initial finding and to conduct a thorough review as required under 16 U.S.C. § 1533(b)(3)(B) of the ESA. The survival of the Eastern Golden Eagle depends on our collective action to shield it from the brink of extinction.

Thank you for considering this urgent appeal to protect one of North America’s most storied avian species.

Sincerely,

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