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The Bald Eagle Returns

by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

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The national bird of America, the bald eagle once an endangered bird, has now recovered. Through various efforts, their numbers have surged from 1000 pairs to approximately 6000 pairs. This book by author Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, discussed the process of saving theses mighty birds. The book is divided into seven sections. Each section discuses an aspect of the lives of the bird. The introduction starts with a discussion on the difference between the golden eagle and the bald eagle. It the goes on to discuss their "family life" (where they make their nests, how they raise their young ones), to how the scientists tag these birds to study and save them. The major reason for their decline are human activities like using DDT as a pesticide or hunting. The next chapter shows the different recovery efforts undertaken to save them (ban DDT, raising chicks in captivity, foster parents are used to raise chicks). The book ends on a happy note. Due to these efforts, "the bald eagle returns".
The pictures are colorful and appealing. I would recommend this book to be used in middle school for 10-12 year olds. Apart from reading this in a Biology class, this book can also be read in a social studies class, when students are going over national symbols of America. The book is packed with information and in places a bit confusing. For example, while reading about the migratory routes, I could not visualize the area that the author was talking about as there was no accompanying map. Although the book was tedious in some places, in all a good informational book. ( )
  nmathur | Feb 1, 2015 |
The Bald Eagle Returns by to Dorothy Hinshaw Patent is a survey of bald eagles, with subtopics ranging from the near extinction of the species to its life cycle. Patent, a zoologist from UC - Berkeley, touches on many topics concerning the bald eagles. The history of the bird in America (before and after European colonialism), the Endangered Species act of 1973, and bald eagle habitat are all discussed, but I noticed that much information seems to overlap. Basic information about bald eagles is repeated within the book. Patent repeats information about eagle habitat and diet multiple times. The pictures and captions within the book are nicely done and do compliment the presented material. It contains an index, but no glossary or bibliography.
The book is informative and offers insight into work being done by scientists to preserve the bald eagle and its habitat. Patent does a good job explaining the basics of these processes, and I would consider this the 'meat and potatoes' of this book. This book could be used to accompany a lesson on endangered species preservation and the methods that can be used to further study bald eagles. ( )
  bpoche | Apr 3, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0395914167, Hardcover)

The inspiring story of the bald eagle’s resurgence is the good news in this follow-up to WHERE THE BALD EAGLES GATHER, published by Clarion in 1984. Full-color photographs and an updated text describe, in a handsome, newly designed format, the significant changes in the habitat and status of our national emblem. Young naturalists are sure to be encouraged by this account of a remarkably successful conservation effort, expertly documented by the same team that first helped to introduce young readers to the eagle’s plight. Index.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:44 -0400)

Describes how bald eagles have recovered from the threat of extinction, how they raise their families, and why they are the national bird of the United States.

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