Watching wildlife has always given me much satisfaction all my life. Even as a youngster, I was especially fascinated by birds of prey. Back then, it was possible to see a few hawks or owls here and there in this area, but the thought of seeing a bald eagle in the wild was almost as far-fetched having men from Mars land in the backyard. That is no longer the case, of course, and anyone who spends any amount of time outdoors in our region and hasn't seen a bald eagle probably isn't paying attention. For me, an eagle sighting is not only a special outdoor experience but also a testament to a great success story of wildlife conservation.