National American Eagle Day:
Celebrated on June 20th every year. The day is observed to honor the symbol of the United States and pride of the all citizens of our country.
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Why American Eagle Day?
The American eagle day is observed to honor the symbol of the United States and pride of the all citizens of our country. The day endorses to create awareness to preserve the species and to raise awareness to prevent from extinction. Before few decades, the species was listed as the endangered species due to diminish in the population, due to the continuous effort of several organizations, it was removed from the endangered list. The day is to create environmental awareness so that it would not happen anymore.
How we can Observe National American Eagle Day:
Observe this day by participating in the educational programs conducted by the several non-profit organizations. Use this hashtag #americaneagledayto post your ideas. Visit the official website of American eagle foundation to explore more about the list of endangered, threatened, least concerned species and methods to be implemented to recover the population to avoid further extinction. Keep water and food for the birds on a daily basis. Without food, their survival will be miserable and that is one of our environmental responsibilities.
Interesting Facts About American Eagle Day:
- Contrary to the name, the bald eagle is not bald. The name is claimed to be derived from bald ,meaning “white headed”. The bald eagle is the United States national bird and animal and moreover, the picture of a bald eagle is used in the great seal of the United States that appears in all the official documents.
- Bald eagle prominently found in all parts of North America and listed as a least concerned species. Priory, it faced a local extinction and was listed as an endangered species. Later, due to the conservation methods, in the year 1995, it was proclaimed as a threatened species. Almost a decade later, in the year 2007,it was removed from the list of endangered and threatened species and now being considered as a least concerned species.
- The average longevity of bald eagle is estimated to be 20 years. However, an eagle survived up to 38 years and claimed to be the highest aged till date. In captivity, the average span is deduced to be 50 years. Nevertheless, permits are mandatory for captivation. Permits are granted for educational purposes and if the bird is suffering with injury and not fit for wild life.
- Bald eagles attain reproductive age after completing 5 years. They share a strong bond between each other and they share their entire life with the mate. They will look for the new mate only if the mate is disappeared or dead. They produce off springs only with their mates. it attempts to look for some other mate only if they both failed to produce off springs in spite of several attempts.
- Fine is levied if bald eagle is killed without appropriate permits. U.S fish and wildlife service enforced a law on permit killing. According to the law, 4200 bald eagles can be killed per year by the wind electric generation industry. No penalties will be charged as promulgated by the law. The validity of the permit is quadrupled from 5 years to 30 years.
- The bald eagles are magnificent fliers. The average speed is between 36 and 43 mph normally and the speed is high while carrying the fish that ranges up to 46mph. Therefore, hunting is difficult.
- The picture of bald eagle is appeared in various items of the federal government. Cent coins are minted with the image of bald eagle. It also appears in logos, seals, stamps and other prominent official documents.
- In olden days, golden eagle and bald eagle are devoted as a sacred bird. It is deemed as a spiritual bird and strongly believed as a messenger between God and human. The wings are denoted as protectors and religious customs were followed in North American cultures.
- Surprisingly, the former president of the United States, Benjamin Franklin opposed the appearance of bald eagle as national bird due to its behavior. It is also reported that he wanted to have a wild turkey as a symbol of the country. However, no evidences could be retrieved in support of the speculation even though it is claimed to be revealed by the letter written by him to his daughter but the letter was not rather published.
History of American Eagle Day:
The National American eagle day was launched by American Eagle Foundation, a non-profit organization formed to protect the bald eagle and bird’s prey to protect the American’s National bird from extinction. The main objective of the organization is to deprive the extinction of bald eagles and other prey birds through conservation, rehabilitation, and awareness to the public.