The Bald Eagle has come back! After San Francisco banned pesticides, there was a big rise in the number of rare birds in the city.

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People in the San Francisco Bay Area are seeing an increase in bald eagles in the area thanks to years of environmental investment.

People in eight Bay Area counties have found 19 nests. They include one at Stanford University, another at a mall, and a water park, the Mercury News in San Jose said this week.

Fifty years ago, the bird looked like it would be a thing of the past until official protection and pesticide rules were put in place. When people know where the eagles’ nests live there, they watch the birds soar and guess when the eggs will hatch.

‘They’re lovely.’ Eagles have talons that are as big as Ruben Delgadillo’s hands. When he picks up his grandson from school, he sees eagles.

It’s hard to determine how many bald eagles lived in the Bay Area in the early years. There was a nest south of San Francisco in 1915, the last evidence of local nesting until now. In the mid-1960s, there were only a few nesting pairs of bald eagles left in California. They were all in the northern third of the state. The Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966 helped them get back on the right track again. People who shot the birds were punished, and a 1972 law stopped using a pesticide that made eagles less likely to have babies, which was bad for the birds.

It was good that man-made reservoirs were filled with fish like bass, catfish, and trout.

Conservationists began importing chicks from Canada and Alaska in 1987 and releasing them into the Big Sur wilderness. They wanted to start breeding again in central California, so they did this.

When Glenn Stewart, the head of the Predatory Bird Research Group at UC Santa Cruz, said that, he meant that that was the seed stock. Six- to seven-week-old eaglets were taken from the nest and released 10 to 12 times each time. When Carie Battistone worked for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, she was in charge of statewide raptor programs. She said there are now 371 eagle breeding nests or “territories” in the state, but they may not be used every year.

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