A Capital Bird

A Capital Bird (HM23Z7)

Location: Washington, DC 20008
Country: United States of America

N 38° 55.784', W 77° 2.968'

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Seeing bald eagles in the Washington DC area used to be impossible; the last wild birds were spotted in the 1940s. But after decades of species protection, a nest was found in 2001. Today keep you eyes eagle-sharp as you stroll along the region's waterways. You might spot a white-headed bird perched in a nest high in a tree.

Fragile Beauty
Valued today as a symbol of conservation, bald eagles were not always so treated.

· In the early 1900s the abundant birds were seen as pests.
· Hunters were paid a bounty for dead birds.
· Pesticides, especially DDT, weakened eggshells; nesting birds broke the eggs.

By the mid 1900s, things started to turn around. Hunting became illegal and then DDT was banned. Today bald eagles are found throughout North America.
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HM NumberHM23Z7
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Placed BySmithsonian Institution
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 10:03am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322349 N 4310976
Decimal Degrees38.92973333, -77.04946667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.784', W 77° 2.968'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 47.04" N, 77° 2' 58.08" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008, US
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