The American Bald Eagle: How Much Do You Know About It?
The American Bald Eagle is the symbol of America. How much do you know about the bird represents a country? How did this bird come to be a National emblem?
Before settlers ever arrived on the shores of America, the Bald Eagle was there and in great numbers. In 1782, the Bald Eagle was voted in as the National emblem. Why? It was stated that it was due to its fantastic strength, long life and because it is simply majestic in nature. Also, it was then thought that the bird was native only to the United States.
Where is the bird portrayed? It is on the back of gold coins as well at the quarter, half dollar and the silver dollar too. The Great Seal of the U.S. has the Bald Eagle on it and numerous other places too. You need only to take a look around and you will see it.
What does the Bald Eagle represent? Freedom. Because the bird flies high and alone and sweeps low to the valley only to go right back up, he is considered quite resilient. He also perches on tall mountains. It is said that the bird abounds in boundless freedom and was thus chosen to represent the United States of America.
Did you know though that Benjamin Franklin was strictly opposed to the idea of the Bald Eagle being the symbol of America? He did not like the morality of the bird of prey. Furthermore he said the Bald Eagle was dishonest, always around death such as perching on dead trees and eating the kill of others or picking on those that are weaker. He did not agree that Eagles are courageous. He even wrote about his feelings and made it very well know that he was not in favor of the choice of the U.S. emblem.
The Bald Eagle is not the only Eagle in the skies of America. There is also the Golden Eagle. The Bald Eagle has no feathering on the lower part of his legs while the Golden Eagle has feathers going all the way down his legs. They look very similar though especially when they are young. Bald Eagles form white heads and tails around the age of three. In fact, they look so similar, people often mistake looking at the Golden Eagle for looking at the Bald Eagle.
Did you know that the Bald Eagle isn’t really bald at all? They have a ripe long life, often living for twenty years which is remarkable for a bird. They build huge nest weighing in at a ton sometimes.
By 1967, the Bald Eagle was considered endangered. Part of that was due to the invention of DDT, a pesticide that was not actually used on them, but that they were exposed to which effected the birds and their eggs alike.
In 1973 the National Species Act was signed by President Richard Nixon and the Bald Eagle was on it. Finally, protection was in order in hopes of saving the bird. Since then, many other implications have been put into play and perhaps, if we are lucky, our National Bird will be saved.