For endangered species, the road to recovery can be winding and bumpy
American bald eagle (Shutterstock)

By Peter Alagona, Associate Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara and Kevin C. Brown, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara. Bald eagles are the best-known example of a successful recovery under the Endangered Species Act. Jerry McFarland/Flickr, CC BY-NC Anyone who has ever undergone a medical procedure knows that…