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slowed down the deadly tidal wave by legislating wilderness parks, resource management
areas, eagle preserves and bird sanctuaries. We should all be grateful for their foresight.
Luckily, a broad, new stream of conservation consciousness has started to run
through states and provinces. At no other time is this miraculous change of mind more
evident than during election campaigns. Environment and nature are definitely in't

Even more fortunate, there are signs of action. In the United States demonstrated its
bipartisan commitment for waterfowl and wetlands with the long overdue passage of the
North American Wetlands Conservation Act. By working in cooperation with the
Canadian Wildlife Service and provincial conservation agencies, as well as with Ducks
Unlimited, they are setting an encouraging example of collaboration involving two
countries and a model conservation organization.

This new vigor promoting a safer environment has also reached the corporate world.
More and more initiatives are becoming the trademark of industrial leaders. "The
Greening of Corporate Canada" or "MacDonald's environmentally friendly packaging"
are now part of headlines in financial magazines. People are even talking about global
warming now.

As Patrick Carson, vice-president of environmental affairs for Loblaw International Inc.
of Toronto said recently, "Businesses have to realize they can no longer divorce their
balance sheets from nature's bottom line."

Many North American companies have already recognized this and are finding financial
rewards by responding to consumer demands for environmentally friendly products and
production methods. One of the challenges for business leaders and politicians in the
1990s is to hammer out a set of international principles that will enable businesses to
progress technologically and economically and to benefit shareholders and the population
at large without harming the fragile environment.

What has all this to do with the American Bald Eagle?
Eagles have long had a dominant place in religious and political symbolism of
humankind and they have an even longer history as a symbol of earthly power. For
thousands of years the eagle underlined the mightiness of emperors, kings, warriors and
statesmen. The history of North America is living proof of the eagle's powers and grace.
Few symbols have had a bigger impact on men of different origins, cultures and colours.

The American Bald Eagle Foundation, in close cooperation with the Bald Eagle (Jay
Hammond) Research Institute, the University of Alaska Southeast and the Government of
Alaska should work to help the Bald Eagle flourish once again in all the Lower 48 states
and Canada. Thus, we cannot only help an endangered species to survive, but we can also
help the inhabitants of this continent to better air, a safer environment and happier
coexistence. As members of the American Bald Eagle (Jay Hammond) Research Institute
we have the obligation to help the many millions living in the present civilization realize
how essential nature is for our culture and our survival.

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