On National American Eagle Day, commemorate the country’s national symbol! We set aside time on June 20 to raise awareness about the bald eagle and to protect the bird’s natural habitat. The holiday is intended to educate others about the birds’ importance and to investigate ways to ensure that eagles thrive for decades to come. The bald eagle was on the verge of extinction in the 1950s. The loss of their natural habitat, hunting, and the use of pesticides that harmed their eggs caused the population to plummet dramatically. In the United States, the bird was designated as endangered in 1967. The bird went on to become a shining example of an Endangered Species Act success story.
National American Eagle Day
The bald eagle began to repopulate and thrive, and in 1995, it was moved from the endangered species list to the threatened species list—a significant improvement! The bald eagle is no longer considered threatened and has a healthy population as of 2007. The American Eagle Foundation, a Tennessee-based organization dedicated to the conservation of bald eagles and other birds of prey, established National American Eagle Day. Bald eagles prefer to live near bodies of water because they primarily eat fish and are known for their beauty and grace when flying. Since the 1700s, they have been revered as treasured symbols of the United States.
How to contribute in National American Eagle Day?
- View the D.C. Eagle Cam. The D.C. Eagle Cam is a live stream that allows anyone in the world to see the lives of two bald eagles that live at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. A video camera mounted on the eagles’ nest captures moments in their lives.
- Go to the zoo. If your local zoo has bald eagles, National American Eagle Day is an excellent opportunity to pay a visit and observe them in action. Bald eagles can be found at the San Diego Zoo, the National Zoo, and the Saint Louis Zoo, among others, and there’s a good chance that your local zoo does as well.
- Volunteer for preservation organizations. Look for local preservation groups in your area and offer to help. Whether you help a charity that advocates for bald eagles or an organization that focuses on other endangered species, your contribution will make a difference! To get started, visit the American Eagle Foundation.
Importance of National American Eagle Day
Eagles are magnificent. The image of the bald eagle is instantly recognized by most Americans, but few of us know much about how the eagles live or what role they play in our natural ecosystem. The American bald eagle is the only eagle found only in North America, and it can be found from Alaska to Northern Mexico. They are also one of the largest birds in North America, with a wingspan of 80 inches and nests 5 to 6 feet in diameter. They fight for endangered species. Not long ago, the bald eagle’s future appeared bleak. Because of conservationists’ efforts and the birds’ designation as endangered species, fear of extinction is a thing of the past. It’s a great reminder that with enough awareness and determination, we can save endangered species. Perhaps black rhinos, Bengal tigers, and other endangered species will follow in their footsteps someday.
They are completely patriotic. The bald eagle was named the United States’ National Emblem in 1782, and its image is used as a symbol of this great nation throughout the country. The image of the bald eagle can be found on gold coins, silver dollars, half dollars, and quarters, as well as the United States Great Seal. “The founding fathers made an appropriate choice when they chose the bald eagle as the nation’s emblem,” said John F. Kennedy.
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