Travel a few miles along the river in any direction and you will encounter a bald eagle perched in a hardwood tree. It seems to me that they like the deadwood. The better to see you from? You can’t tell it from the picture, but the bald eagle can have a wing span of 7.5 feet!
They choose a mate for life although I have never seen a pair together. I haven’t yet seen a nest either and that is something that would be difficult to miss. They are big, sometimes reaching 9 feet in diameter and weigh as much as a car.
Did you know:
- The bald eagle is found only in North America?
- There are as many as 30,000 bald eagles in Alaska, more than anywhere else?
- Bald eagle populations in the lower 48 were decimated by pesticides and habitat destruction prior to the American Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940?
- In 1917, the Alaska Territorial Legislature imposed a bounty on bald eagles that remained in effect until 1953, and during those 36 years 100,000 eagles were slaughtered for profit?
Thankfully, the story of the American Bald Eagle is a happy one. It is no longer an endangered species, thanks to strong, united support for their protection.
The bird that almost wasn’t, is.