Red-tailed hawk raised in the bald eagle family

A red-tailed hawk chick is flanked by two bald eagle chicks.

Nowadays, seeing a bald eagle’s nest is not a big deal. It was certainly 1979. Only four nests were known in Ohio that year. The magnificent raptor was on its way out, mostly victims of DDT poisoning.

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (good for acronyms!) was a pesticide commonly used for agricultural purposes. Once it entered the food chain, the effects on certain bird species were catastrophic. In the case of the bald eagle, DDT weakened the eggshell and prevented successful hatching.

Nature:Puttyroot orchids can grow stalks up to 60 cm tall, which are adorned with colorful flowers

Richard Nixon was inaugurated on January 20, 1969, and one of his first major initiatives dealt with environmental issues. He signed on to create the Environmental Protection Agency on December 2, 1970, and one of the first actions taken by the fledgling agency was to ban DDT. That happened in the summer of 1972.