January 2013 was so cold in Hinckley, Ohio that bald eagles couldn’t get to the fish in Lake Erie or Rocky River. My guess is that the water was frozen over. 

 

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Some kind souls decided to feed the eagles so they would survive the cold spell. They gathered fish and started feeding the group of eagles huddled on the shore.
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No zoom lens was used! The eagles were that close to photographers.
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Once the fish were thrown, the eagles didn’t seem to fear the good Samaritans. Word spread fast!
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Eagles vying for the fish.

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It wasn’t long ago that the American Bald Eagle was an endangered species. In the 1700’s, there were estimated to be about 300,000-500,000 bald eagles in North America. By the 1950s and 1960s, that number had dwindled, due to hunting and the use of the pesticide DDT, to less than 500 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states. America’s favorite bird was on the verge of extinction.

 

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Today, through drastic environmental measures, bald eagles have made such a comeback that they are no longer listed as Endangered or Threatened.

Only treasured.

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