Columbus Zoo remembers bald eagle that contributed to species survival

A Columbus Zoo icon, national symbol, and contributor to species survival died at the Columbus Zoo on Jan. 23, 2012. Barbara, a 29-year-old bald eagle, was found on the ground by animal care staff and immediately taken to the Zoo’s Animal Health Center. She was unresponsive with an irregular heart beat and radiographs showed an enlarged heart. She died during the veterinary team’s examination.

Barbara was hatched in the wild in 1982 and came to the Columbus Zoo in the fall of 1988 after reportedly attacking a Boy Scout on Catalina Island, Ca. Barbara and the Zoo’s former male eagle, George, raised 16 eaglets between 1992 and 2000.

From 1978 to 2000 the Columbus Zoo produced a total of 21 eaglets; 20 of them were released into the wild in Ohio, Tennessee, New York and Indiana. (The first eaglet went to the Detroit Zoo.)

Once a common sight in the United States, the bald eagle population declined due to habitat loss, hunting and the use of DDT; a pesticide that caused eagles to become sterile and also to lay brittle eggs. The bald eagle was nearly extirpated in the lower 48 states by the middle of the 20th century and the species was placed on the endangered species list in 1967. In 1972 the use of DDT in the United States was banned.

MALONE PLANS FACULTY RECITAL – The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music – will present a faculty recital Monday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The program is free, open to the public, and features Jack Ballard, Ph.D.; associate professor of music, piano; Michael Benson, D.M.A., assistant professor of music, piano; Adam Cord, adjunct, guitar; Meghan Guegold, adjunct, French horn; Alan Houk, interim band director, tuba; Julie Sarver, adjunct, flute; Mark Thewes, adjunct, organ; and Cynthia Wohlschlager, adjunct, voice.

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