“The Icon”

© 2007

“…Alaska has the largest concentration of Bald Eagles in the world. Once hunted almost to extinction & threatened by poisons such as DDT, the great raptor was finally listed as an “Endangered Species” in 1967, mostly in the lower 48 states. It has now had its status reclassified from “Endangered” to “Threatened”, as eagle populations have since rebounded very well over the years. One of the largest birds of prey on our planet, with Alaskan Bald Eagles being the largest, female eagles have wingspans of over 8 ft. across and their strong legs & razor sharp talons allow them to grab fish, birds and mammals with ease for food. On June 20th, 1782 the regal Bald Eagle was chosen as the emblem for the United States of America. It represents freedom at its best. The Bald Eagle is sacred in many Native American cultures and eagle feathers are often used in religious & ceremonial rites for honor, leadership or bravery. It has throughout history been a magnificent icon..."

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