Symbol of America

© Photographed July 24, 2013
Ferryville, Crawford County, Wisconsin
43° 20.815′ N, 91° 5.771′ W
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SYMBOL OF AMERICA
The Bald Eagle is a spectacular sight as it swoops down to snatch a fish from the river or soars high above the bluffs. Eyesight capable of spotting prey two miles away and talons with tremendous crushing power make this bird a formidable predator. The strength and freedom of this magnificent bird have made it our Nation's symbol since 1782.
Poisoned Eagles
As invincible as these magnificent birds appear, they have been harmed by the activities of people. In the 1960s and 70s, the Bald Eagle faced extinction in the lower 48 states because of pesticides in the foods they ate and losses of habitat to development. They were also shot illegally and caught by mistake in traps.
A Species Regaining Strength
Help was needed. The pesticide DDT was banned in 1972. Bald Eagles and their habitat were better protected and sick or injured birds were rehabilitated. The eagles are responding. in the 1970s, to Bald Eagles nested in the Upper Mississippi Refuge. By 1992, however, 60 eagles were raised there.
Upper Mississippi Refuge
The Bald Eagle is just one of 292 species of birds which use the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. This magnificent Refuge, extending along 261 miles of the river from Wabasha, Minnesota to Rick Island, Illinois, is home to 118 species of fish, 57 species of mammals, 37 species of reptiles and amphibians, and countless plants.
The marker is located on southbound Main Street / State Highway 35, near Hickory Street, at an observation deck that overlooks the Mississippi River, Ferryville Wisconsin 54628.

NOTE: Returned June 13, 2015; the marker has been removed.

The marker is located on Great River Road Wisconsin.  



See also,  Life Style of the Eagles


View of Mississippi River from marker location.



The marker is located in Ferryville, Wisconsin.

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