Bald Eagle Recovery in Kentucky
Bald Eagles, found only in North American, give us hope that we can, in fact, save our threatened wildlife. They were put on the Endangered Species List in 1978. In 1782 when this bird became our national symbol, and estimated 100,000 nesting eagles lived in this country. By 1963, with only 487 nesting pairs of bald eagles remaining, the species was in danger of extinction. Loss of habitat, shooting, and DDT poisoning contributed to the near demise of our national symbol. Following enactment of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Service listed the species in 1978 as endangered throughout the lower 48 states, except in Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin where it was designated as threatened.
What we did to bring the Bald Eagle back:
•We banned DDT
•We prohibited killing of eagles
•We improved water quality in many of our lakes and rivers
•We protected nest sites
•We restored eagles back to areas where they had been eliminated. Thus, on June 28, 2007, the Service announced the recovery of our nation’s symbol and removal from the list of threatened and endangered species.
Kate Slankhard, avian biologist with The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, takes a count of eagles nesting in Kentucky each year. In 2016, she announced great news. After a slow year for population growth in 2015, bald eagle expansion was back on track in 2016, with 151 nests documented. Twenty new territories (where eagles have not been documented in any previous years) were established or located in 2016. This was more than any years past. The total number of nesting territories documented in Kentucky in 2016 increased 14% from 2015.
Year Eagle Nesting Territories
Beargrass: Creek in Your backyard
Everyone in Louisville has seen at least one branch of Beargrass Creek, and many know the environmental problems related to the creek. This project began as a crowd funded Kickstarter initiative: The Beargrass Kick Starter Video, and took two years of exploring, filming and editing to complete. Atkinson worked with the Louisville Audubon Society, four Metro Council districts, MSD, and other individual donors to produce a film that will encourage local neighborhood and community association leaders to take action to protect and restore the creek.
On October 27th, doors will open at 6:00 pm for a public reception preceding the film premiere at 7:30 pm. This is an open community event to support the restoration efforts on our creek. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 at the door, and proceeds will benefit: Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Beargrass Creek Alliance, and Salt River Watershed Watch the three groups working to restore the Beargrass. At the reception there will be over 20 environmental and community organizations involved with the restoration of our Beargrass Creek. Finally, we will have a Toast to Beargrass and reception – hors d'oeuvres generously donated by Butchertown Grocery and a cash bar with beer from Apocalypse Brew Works.
We hope you can attend.
A trailer for the film can be found here: Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard.
Check out the Beargrass Creek Film Premiere facebook page