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The Patterson Report

Updated: August 16, 2007, 3:10 PM ET
By Gregg Patterson | ESPNOutdoors.com

Thank you, Sam Barkley

Thank you Sam Barkley. The American bald eagle is fully recovered.

The eagle has finally landed after a 30-plus-year flight within the Endangered Species Act. Our national symbol was officially delisted on June 28 as a threatened species.

Congratulations to Sam Barkley and all the others like him who made this day possible.

Sam Barkley was the non-game biologist for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission some 20-plus years ago. I remember a firecracker ...

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