Bald Eagle Removed from MN Endangered List

Posted at: 08/20/2013 6:33 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- For the first time in 17 years, the Minnesota DNR has updated it's endangered species list. One that is notably missing from it, the Bald Eagle.

"Don't just like leave your deer out there, because the eagle will just eat the deer," said 7-year-old Sydney, a visitor to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha.

She and her cousins are learning a lot about Bald Eagles during their visit.     

Officials at the center say they are excited to hear that those bald eagles Sydney loves, are finally off the Minnesota endangered species list.

"It's incredible news. The whole story of the recovery of the bald eagle from the brink of extinction is just an incredible story of recovery," said National Eagle Center Director Rolf Thompson.

The nation's bird has been off the federal list for about seven years. And while it is now off the state list, wildlife experts say the focus shifts to other things.

"It's not just about the birds themselves," said Thompson.

That's because there were some new things that were added to the list, including 180 species of plants and animals.

"It's about the environment, the habitat, the ecosystem that they are a part of, that they rely on," said Thompson.

So National Eagle Center officials are hoping to continue educating people, just like Sydney, to keep bald eagles and their habitats, thriving.

"eagles rock!" said Sydney.

In addition to the bald eagle, there were 28 other species taken off the list, including the wolf, and the snapping turtle.