Since near extinction in the early 1960s from the widespread use of the pesticide DDT, habitat destruction and illegal shooting, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s best estimate places the bald eagle population at nearly 143,000, a significant jump from 30 years ago, when the service estimated that only 2,475 breeding pairs existed in the entire country.
Feeling crowded by a nearby crow, a bald eagle takes flight in March 2019 from its perch in a Mississippi riverfront tree at Riverside Park.
Eagles hunt over the open water on the Black River near Airport Beach in this 2018 photo.
An eagle catches lunch while fishing in La Crosse's Black River in this 2018 photo.
An eagle soars over the Black River near Airport Beach.
An immature bald eagle hunts for dinner Tuesday over the Mississippi River near Riverside Park in this 2018 photo.
A bald eagle snatches a fish from the Black River in La Crosse in this 2017 photo.
A mature bald eagle soars over the Black River near La Crosse's Copeland Park in this 2016 photo.
A bald eagle takes flight near the Black River in La Crosse in this 2015 photo.
A bald eagle defends its meal from a mink on the ice near La Crosse's Swift Creek in this 2014 photo.
An eagle defends its meal from other eagles on ice near La Crosse's Swift Creek in this 2014 photo.
Isle la Plume
A bald eagle flies over a patch of open water on the Mississippi River near the La Crosse Municipal Harbor on Isle la Plume in this 2014 photo.
Trout Run Trail
One of the famous Decorah bald eagles perches in a tree along the Trout Run Trail in northeast Iowa in this 2013 photo.
A bald eagle snatches a fish from the Mississippi River near La Crose's Riverside Park in this 2013 photo.
A bald eagle is perched on a tree growing from the old railroad bridge on the Mississippi River near Winona, Minn., in this 2013 photo.
An immature bald eagle takes off from water in a flooded field along Lakeshore Drive on French Island in this 2011 photo.
A bald eagle is perched in a tree north of Airport Beach on French Island in this 2008 photo.
A bald eagle perches above Mississippi River backwaters in Pettibone Park in this 2001 photo.
A bald eagle soars above the trees near Riverside Park in this 2001 photo.
A bald eagle sits on the ice in front of Riverside Park scanning the open water of the Mississippi River in the last rays of the setting sun.