Back in the ‘60s, eagles’ biggest threat was the infamous pesticide DDT, which made their eggs so weak they’d get crushed by their mothers. When the environmental movement was born, Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book Silent Spring awakened Americans to the dangers of DDT, and the government finally banned the pesticide in 1972. Four decades later, there are around 10,000 bald eagle mating pairs in the Lower 48. Here´s how the bald eagle was saved from extinction.
Producer: Lucas Isakowitz
Supervising Producer: Allie Jaynes
Executive Producer: Michelle Nash
Illustrators: Grace Berrios and Jackie Albano
Animator: Alexa Ledesma