NATIONAL AMERICAN EAGLE DAY
Celebrated each year on June 20, it is National American Eagle Day. This day is set aside to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, to assist in the recovery of their natural environments and to take part in educational outreach.
The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States of America and appears on it”s Seal.
In the later 20th century, the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extirpation in the continental United States. Eventually populations recovered and on July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. On June 2007, it was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.
The Bald Eagle’s range includes most of Canada, Alaska, all of the contiguous United States and northern Mexico. They can be found near large bodies of open water where there is an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.
Opportunistic feeders, Bald Eagle’s survive mainly on fish, swooping down and snatching them from the water. Their nests are the largest nests of any North American bird and the largest tree nest ever recorded for any animal species. A Bald Eagle’s nest was measured at 13 ft deep and 8.2 ft wide and it weighed 1.1 ton.
The name “Bald Eagle” derives from an older meaning of “white headed” as the bird is actually no bald. The adult eagle is mainly brown with a white head and tail.
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