Bald eagles were absent from New York City for a century, and have only begun popping up in the city in the last few years. So when Riverside Park gardeners spotted one in the Woodlands section of the Park (108th-116th Streets) on Tuesday, they were “downright giddy.”
While eagles thrived in the Northeast for much of the 19th century, they began to disappear as humans destroyed their habitats. They were also killed by the insect-control pesticide DDT. But the government banned DDT in 1972 and states have expanded protections for the birds, leading to a comeback.
Birdwatchers have seen eagles here and there in the city in the past decade. The first eagle nest in the city in at least 100 years was spotted in 2015 in Staten Island.
— thomas schuchaskie (@UKAnyc) January 21, 2020