Bald Eagles are inspirational. Bald Eagles live throughout North America. They are found in Alaska, Canada, all over the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. They were on the endangered species list. DDT, loss of habitat, human interaction, and even shooting of bald eagles put their existence in danger. Changes, laws and awareness, have improved matters for them. In 2007 bald eagles were removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Today, there are well-over 100,000 bald eagles.
Bald eagles are not really bald. Their bodies are covered in brown feathers and their heads and tails have white feathers. Their strong legs are featherless and their talons are powerful. Their sharp beaks are yellow. The bald eagle’s body is about two to three feet long. Their typical wingspan is up to 7.5 feet and they weigh between 6.6 and 13.9 pounds. Females average 25% larger the male bald eagles. Most bald eagles mate for life and return to the same nest year after year.
Their habitats are near seacoasts, rivers, large lakes, marshes, or wherever they can find large bodies of open water with an abundance of fish. Tall trees are usually nearby and their nests are large. The largest recorded nest was in Florida and was ten feet wide and twenty feet deep. Fish usually make up the majority of the bald eagle’s diet, however they are opportunistic carnivores. Birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are all prey. Waterbirds are preyed on from eggs to mature birds. Rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, muskrats, beavers, deer fawn, and even seal still-born or sick pups are preyed on. Amphibians, snakes, and turtles are preyed on. Bald eagles are scavengers and will feed on the prey of other animals.
The bald eagle is the national bird and animal of the United States of America. It is proudly displayed on the Great Seal of the United States. On the seal the bald eagle appears holding arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other talon. The bald eagles represents the United States in times of war and times of peace. It is on the presidential seal and flag, as well as, on logos and other items of importance. The bald eagle is sacred in some North American cultures. Native American cultural ceremonies and customs use the bald eagle and even its body parts as sacred symbols. Be inspired! Have a bright day!