In the latter part of the 20th century, Bald Eagles disappeared from Vermont for decades, primarily due to the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. Bald Eagles did not return to Vermont as quickly as in other parts of the country or region. The Bald Eagle was first listed as endangered in Vermont in 1987, but no breeding pairs were observed to nest in Vermont until 2006 and no eagles were observed to successfully fledge until 2008.
Since that time, recovery in Vermont accelerated, due in part to a successful reintroduction effort in the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, as well as efforts from Audubon Vermont, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, and many volunteers who help to monitor this iconic species. The return of Bald Eagles has been dramatic. In 2021, forty-one pairs nested within Vermont’s borders.
“How eagles rebounded is a story of pluck, optimism, collaboration and focus, four attributes Audubon Vermont biologist Margaret Fowle exudes. For nearly two decades, Fowle has led Vermont’s bald eagle recovery efforts, working under contract with Vermont Fish & Wildlife, and in collaboration with dozens of volunteers, and some of Vermont’s most knowledgeable bird experts.” - Steve Costell, Rutland Herald
Steve Costello from The Rutland Herald took the time talk with many of the partners involved in the comeback of the Bald Eagle. Click here to read the full story: "Bald eagles soar once more: Decades of effort will lift bald eagles from endangered list"
The AP also picked up a story about Vermont's Bald Eagles. Click here to read the story: "Vermont Bald Eagle Restoration Follows Years of Trying."