Bald Eagle: Symbol of America’s Strength and Freedom

Photo Credit: Russ Ingram

The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks. The eagle represents freedom.  Photo credit: Russ Ingram

President John F. Kennedy wrote to the Audubon Society: The Founding Fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the nation. The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird aptly symbolizes the strength and freedom of America.

Both male and female adult bald eagles have a blackish-brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; yellow feet, legs and beak; and pale yellow eyes. Bald eagles weren’t born with this coloring, it’s not until they are about five years old that their colors are changed.

Bald eagles are only found in North America and Alaska has the largest population in the United States, about 30,000 birds. Bald eagles are often found along Alaska’s coast, offshore islands, and Interior lakes and rivers. Most bald eagles winter in southern Alaska but some leave the state during cold months.

The Bald Eagle’s wingspan is up to 7.5 feet and they weigh between 8 and 14 pounds. The bald eagles mate for life unless one of them dies.

The nests of Bald Eagles are the largest of any bird in North America. Bald Eagles live for 20 years.

The golden eagle and the bald eagle symbolize sacredness. Since we know the eagles fly the highest, the Native Americans believe that they are the closest creatures to the Creator. The eagle symbols meaning in their culture is of strength, wisdom, and courage.

I have totally enjoyed seeing so many bald eagles fly around Alaska Backcountry Cottages! I’m grateful Russ Ingram was willing to share his pictures!

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