Top Places For

Watching Bald Eagles in the Wild


The bald eagle is the emblem of the United States. These majestic raptors represent strength and resilience, and here in the Chesapeake region there are dozens of places where you can see them in the wild.

It hasn’t always been this way. In the mid-20th century, bald eagles nearly disappeared because of habitat loss, illegal hunting, and the pesticide DDT. By 1978, bald eagles were listed as endangered throughout the Chesapeake region. But today, eagles have returned in record numbers thanks to conservation efforts across the country.

Head to places like Chippokes Plantation, Pocomoke River State Park, and the Patuxent Research Refuge to spot bald eagles soaring across the sky. It’s easy to identify these big birds: Look for their pure white head and tail feathers, an unmistakable sign that you’ve spotted an eagle. And keep an eye out for their giant nests near the tops of tall trees by the water.

There’s no better way to celebrate eagles than by visiting one of the top places for watching bald eagles in the wild. Just don’t forget to bring a pair of binoculars!