A bird of prey found throughout North America, the bald eagle is actually a sea eagle, meaning it lives close to rivers, lakes, and tidewaters, and its diet consists almost entirely of water-dwelling animals. It is the largest eagle native to North America.
Currently classified as least concern by the IUCN, the baldeagle is thought to be the most populated of the eight species ofsea eagle. However, this was not always the case. In the mid-20thcentury the bald eagle population dropped from 500,000 nestingpairs to as low as 400 due to a multitude of reasons, the mostprevalent being pesticides. However, extensive restoration effortsallowed the bald eagle to be declassified as an endangered speciesin 1995, and once again declassified as a threatened species in2007.