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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed soaring above the Verde River not far from Fountain Hills, Maricopa Co., Arizona. May 2012.

If it weren't for the Endangered Species Act and the Desert-Nesting Bald Eagle the last free-flowing stretch of river in the Sonoran Desert - the Lower Verde River - would have been damned and converted into reservoir. The Maricopa Audubon Society was a key player in defeating the dam proposal.

Year-Round Resident

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