How climate change could hurt bald eagles

This article discusses how climate change could hurt bald eagles.

Over the past 50 years, bald eagles in the U.S. have returned from the brink of extinction. Now, the birds perch on tree branches over rivers and lakes across much of the country.

But as the climate changes, eagles will face new challenges. For example, in some areas, more frequent droughts may threaten bodies of water that eagles depend on.

Bateman: “If the area is becoming drier and if it affects its food resources such as fish in river systems then that’s going to be a big problem for the species.”

That’s Brooke Bateman, senior scientist at the National Audubon Society. She says global warming may also bring extreme weather with damaging winds that can endanger nests and baby birds. In the south, extreme heat could threaten the birds’ ability to reproduce.

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