Target: Commissioner Joe Martens, Department of Environmental Conservation
Goal: Support a plan for a healthy bald eagle population.
The bald eagle, an iconic American bird species, is threatened by polluted waterways and loss of habitat from development. A plan from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hopes to increase the bird’s population numbers by protecting and monitoring the bird’s habitat. This threatened species needs help for a sustainable future. The DEC is seeking comments on the Bald Eagle Conservation Plan. The time is now to applaud and support this effort to conserve a coveted bird of prey.
In the 70’s, the bald eagle population in New York State was at a severe low at only one nesting pair of eagles. The fertilizer DDT, banned in 1972, had caused the dangerous decrease in the species. The fertilizer had contaminated freshwater sources and the toxin had accumulated in fish species. When fish were consumed by the eagles, the hazardous compound accumulated in the bird and had a negative impact on eagle egg fertility. Therefore, quality water supplies are important for the success of this species. The plan proposes to maintain the water sources known to be near eagle nests.
However, the largest threat the eagle faces today is the destruction of its natural habitat. Development can demolish and invade the eagle’s breeding grounds and cause noise pollution. The DEC’s plan seeks to work with the public, landowners, developers, and industry to ensure that development projects do not interfere with the eagle’s nesting and wintering locations.
Currently, New York’s eagle population is estimated at about 250 breeding pairs. The plan hopes to maintain the thriving population at no less than 200 breeding couples. This conservation effort will help the native eagle population in New York as well as other populations wintering in the state. Although the bald eagle has overcome staggeringly low numbers, this species’ continued success relies on sustained conservation efforts. By signing this petition, you are voicing your approval and support of the New York DEC’s Bald Eagle Conservation Plan.
Dear Commissioner Martens,
Bald eagle habitat should be conserved and maintained. This bird of prey is an iconic American symbol that plays a crucial role in its habitat’s ecosystem. Since the species’ devastatingly low numbers in 1970, the bird has made a terrific comeback, but conservation efforts must still be made for continued success. From this, I support your Bald Eagle Conservation Plan.
Bald eagles in New York should be protected from polluted waterways and destructive development. Your plan will enforce and ensure the prosperity of this coveted species. Thank you for conserving New York wildlife.
[Your Name Here]
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