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Nature's Comebacks

Bald Eagles in Washington

We can marvel at majestic eagles today thanks to yesterday’s hard work.

Decades ago, few would have predicted that bald eagles would be a common sight in the western Washington. But across the United States, eagles are among the great success stories of modern conservation.

Here in Washington, bald eagles gather by the hundreds on the Skagit River, to feast on the salmon that return each winter to spawn and die. Decades of work by The Nature Conservancy and other partners, including Seattle City Light and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, have protected and restored thousands of acres along this iconic river where eagles make their winter roosts.

While the banning of DDT enabled eagle populations to rebound across the country, visionaries here in Washington recognized what a treasure we had in prime eagle habitat along the Skagit River, and banded together to ensure its protection. Today, thousands of visitors stream to visit the Skagit River Bald Eagle Natural Area every winter.

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