The Continental Congress put an American bald eagle on the country’s official seal with in 1782, when there were an estimated 50,000 nesting pairs in the United States. But not everyone adored eagles, and by 1963 the lower 48 states was down to only about 417 nesting pairs of the raptors. Here’s how that happened, and what’s happened since.
In the United States, the most famous groundhog prognosticator is Punxsutawney Phil, who every year in western Pennsylvania makes his weather prediction to great ceremony and media attention. You are more likely to be accurate by expecting the opposite of whatever Phil predicts.
People first brought exotic mute swans to North America in the 1870s to decorate country estates, city parks and zoos, and those we see in Massachusetts today are probably descended from birds that escaped from New York – now considered an invasive species by many and huntable in most states.