America’s National Symbol

When diving for prey it can reach speeds of 75 to over 95 mph. It weighs between 6 and 14 pounds, and females are larger than males. Its wingspan ranges from 6 to 8 feet! With these great wings, it can use thermals to rise to heights of 10,000 feet above earth.

Mating for life the male and female build the nest which they add to each year. Large nests have measured 8 feet across and weigh thousands of pounds. The Bald Eagle is found on only one continent in the world: North America.

In 1789, 13 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Bald Eagle was chosen as America’s symbolic bird. Chosen for its strength, majestic beauty and longevity, the Bald Eagle continues to be a superb choice as America’s bird icon.

Nearly extinct in the early 1950s, extensive conservation efforts, primary among them the ban of DDT, brought back the eagle population. It was removed from the endangered species list in 2007.

This Bald Eagle lives on the Crow Wing River along the stretch of river north of Nimrod, Minnesota.

God, who gave the eagle amazing strength and majesty, is the One each American can turn to this July 4th and every day after for forgiveness, strength and guidance.  Happy Birthday America!

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Author: davidwellis

Being a grandfather, husband, former public school teacher and Education Specialist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service provide me with many life perspectives. Being a naturalist with a camera puts me outside. Trusting God and seeking His direction guides my words, and photos. We live in a magnificent world, come and look at it with me through my eyes, lens and words. To God be the glory. Enjoy the Cedar Waxwings being used for the current profile photo!