Good news: Bald eaglets return to north shore of Lake Ontario

Here’s a bit of good news that will brighten a gray spring day in the Great Lakes region: Baby bald eagles recently hatched for the first time in decades along the north shore of Lake Ontario.bald_eagle_adult2

The bald eagle population has made a stunning recovery in many parts of the Great Lakes over the past 50 years. The iconic birds were driven to the brink of extinction in the 1960s by the insecticide DDT, which caused reproductive failure and eggshell thinning.

Banning DDT led to cleaner fish in the Great Lakes region, which allowed bald eagles to thrive. The presence of baby eagles along the north shore of Lake Ontario is another sign that the Great Lakes are now much cleaner than they were a half century ago. Read more about the bald eagles in Hamilton here.

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