Each year on or about this day I post a photo of a bald eagle to recognize and celebrate the fact that five years ago today the Fish & Wildlife Service announced that the bald eagle in the lower 48 States had recovered enough to be removed from the list of threatened and endangered species. We almost lost it due to DDT and other persistent pesticides. Thanks to Rachel Carson, the Endangered Species Act and other factors, the story of the bald eagle in the lower 48 was a story of success. The same can be said for other species like the osprey, which was also hurt by DDT. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way.