Bald eagles thriving in Southern Maryland

Wildlife News

By Jesse Yeatman
Staff Writer,SoMD News
Friday, July 12, 2013

A bald eagle nests in Chapman’s Landing along the Potomac River.
Submitted photo
A bald eagle nests in Chapman’s Landing along the Potomac River.

 Once endangered, eagles have rallied to soar again in numbers in Southern Maryland

It was a moment arranged to inspire awe: In 1996, President Bill Clinton stood at Patuxent River Naval Air Station on Independence Day as a rehabilitated bald eagle named Freedom was released back into the wild.

But something went horribly wrong. A pair of ospreys swooped in and attacked the eagle, sending it plunging into the Chesapeake Bay.

“Most of us didn’t realize what was going on,” Jackie Smith recalled. She had recently joined the Navy installation as a natural resources specialist, and said she was honored to attend the presidential ceremony 17 years ago.

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