Right before the New Year, I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon watching a bald eagle soar across the sky above Long Lake in the Adirondacks. After being nearly eradicated from the lower 48 states by the 1960s, bald eagles were re-introduced to the Adirondacks in the 1980s, and I'm proud to report the view from my home indicates they are flourishing in upstate New York.
But this resurgence didn't happen by chance. It's thanks to a series of federal policies that spurred decades of work to bring this iconic species back from the brink. The most important policy of which is the Endangered Species Act. And we actually have the bald eagle to thank for its passage.