MONTPELIER, V.T. (WBZ NewsRadio) – The national bird of the United States is no longer in endangered in one New England state.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VTFWD) announced on Facebook Friday that the bald eagle had been taken off the state’s Endangered and Threatened Species List.
“The bald eagle's successful restoration and delisting is the result of more than a decade of dedicated work by VTFWD staff,” the department wrote. “It shows that Vermonters have the ability to restore and conserve the species and habitats that we cherish.”
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The term “endangered” typically refers to when a species, that is a viable component of a state’s wild fauna or flora, is in jeopardy. Species are deemed endangered when their population numbers significantly decline because of habitat loss or human disturbance.
In addition to the bald eagle, the Canada black snakeroot has also been delisted. However, there are several new additions to the state's endangered list including the American bumble bee and spiny soft-shell turtle.
Overall, the department said, “these updated listings are a vital step towards enabling VTFWD to carry out our conservation mission, for all Vermonters.” More information about Vermont’s endangered and threatened species can be found online.