Rare bald eagles make permanent home in D.C.


D.C. leaders are hopeful that the nation’s bird has once again found a permanent home here. There are now three nesting pairs of bald eagles living comfortably in Washington. D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh said that they symbolize the environmental success and progress that has been made in the city. The birds vanished in the 1940s, but were re-re-introduced starting in the 1990s. In an effort to raise awareness of the bald eagles, Cheh added that she supports an effort to officially make June 20th “Bald Eagle Day.” Speaking outside the Wilson Building, Cheh was joined by Challenger, “the most famous trained bald eagle in the world” and Al Cecere, president of the American Eagle Foundation. Cecere said that the region could be home to dozens of bald eagles somewhere down the road. Dan Rauch, a biologist with the District Department of the Environment stated that the eagles are currently nesting near the National Arboretum, the Blue Plains police training academy and the St. Elizabeth’s campus. He shares Cecere’s opinion that the D.C. area is ripe with locations for future eagles’ nests.



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