The bald eagle is classified as Sensitive in the General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:
- Starting in the second half of the 20th century, the number of bald eagles dropped alarmingly in the United States and southern
Ontario, as a result of the effects of DDT, other toxic chemicals and persecution by people.
- Currently, global DDT residues are in decline and the bald eagle is showing strong population increases in both the United
States and Ontario.
- Population density is low in Alberta and nests are vulnerable to human disturbance.
- Like all birds of prey in Alberta, the bald eagle is protected by the provincial Wildlife Act and classified as a non-game
A young bald eagle can be mistaken for a golden eagle, but the bald eagle has feathers extending only half-way down the
leg, and less white showing at the base of the tail and primaries (longest wing feathers) than the golden eagle.
Updated: Jan 8, 2014