Suc­cess story

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

By golly, that was a bald ea­gle — the Amer­i­can em­blem — cir­cling over­head in a clear blue sky while a band of ac­cor­dion­ists from Auck­land, New Zealand, per­formed an out­door con­cert at Mar­ket Square in Old Town Alexan­dria, Va. on Aug. 14.

It was only a few weeks ago, just five miles up the Po­tomac River from Alexan­dria, that the Amer­i­can bald ea­gle flew off the en­dan­gered species list, as an­nounced by In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Dirk Kempthorne on the steps of the Jef­fer­son Me­mo­rial.

As the sec­re­tary pointed out, in 1963 the lower 48 states were home to barely 400 nest­ing pairs of bald ea­gles. To­day, there are 10,000 nest­ing pairs.

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