One of the remarkable environmental stories is the restoration of the James River in central Virginia. A few decades ago this river was largely dead. As a result of a dramatic commitment to stop the pesticides and pollutants, the river has come back to life. This fall I decided it was time to explore this amazing river and the large colony of bald eagles, herons, cormorants and more that now call this river home. Indeed, the James River is now one of the most important eagle habitats in the continental United States.