What would be more fitting than to spotlight the Bald Eagle our National symbol of freedom as the Bird of the Month for July as we celebrate our nation's independence. When I was growing up here in Northern Utah I never saw a Bald Eagle in the wild. they were on the endangered species list threatened with extinction. Because of the use of DDT pesticide the Bald Eagle and other birds of prey like the Peregrine Falcon numbers were seriously reduced till they were on the brink of extinction. Once the use of DDT was prohibited in the United States, Bald Eagle numbers began to increase and they have made a great come back. Last year the Bald Eagle was removed from the Endangered Species list. Now approximately 1500 Bald Eagles winter in Northern Utah and I have counted as many as 350 Bald Eagles at Farmington Bay. We only have a handful of Bald Eagles that nest in Utah the rest go north to Alaska and Canada to nest, so winter is the time to see them here.
All of these pictures were taken at Farmington Bay.