June 20: American Eagle Day

bald-eagle-on-a-logAmerican Eagle Day is set aside for learning about the bald eagle and what we can do to protect America’s national bird and its environment.

In the wild, bald eagles live about twenty years, and they often use the same nest year after year, adding to it bit by bit. A bald eagle nest in Florida is on record as the largest tree nest ever found at 20 feet deep at 9.5 feet wide and weighing about 6000 pounds. They mate for life, and can dive at speeds of nearly 100 mph.

US_Seal_Coat_of_ArmsThe bald eagle is important in many Native American cultures, and became the official emblem of the U.S. in 1782 — a decision which Benjamin Franklin rather famously ridiculed in a letter to his daughter a couple of years later.

“But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

eagle-gliding

P.S. If you need a little patriotic fanfare for the day, check out this lovely version of “Stars and Stripes Forever” by the Muppets, especially Sam the Eagle.

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