My nation’s symbol
How much do you know about the Bald Eagle? Here are some facts to add to your knowledge:
- Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson served on the committee that picked the eagle for the national seal. (Franklin wanted the turkey);
- Bald eagles have few natural enemies and only live in North America;
- They get their white head and tail feathers between the age of 4 and 5 years old;
- Bald eagles are not, and never were, bald. The term comes from when “bald” meant “white-headed”;
- Their maximum speed: 40 mph or over 100 mph while in a dive;
- They can lift roughly half their body weight;
- The bald eagle is no longer considered endangered, only threatened;
- The only other kind of eagle in North America is the golden eagle;
- Bald eagles mate for life, but if one dies, the survivor will accept a new mate;
- It is a felony to shoot an eagle.
Happy Birthday United States of America!
July 4, 2015
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July 1, 2015 at 4:17 pm
I love this, Irene! Have a wonderful 4th. I won’t be around for the next couple of weeks, as my deadline is getting closer and I’m freaking out. Take care.