Every year June 20th is observed as the National American Eagle Day across USA. This day is celebrated in America to honour their national symbol and also to bring awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle. The day is also for encouraging people to assist in the recovery of their natural environments and also to take an active part in the educational outreach.
The name “Bald Eagle” gives the old meaning of “white headed” as the bird is not bald. The colour of the adult eagle is mainly brown with a white head and tail.
The Bald Eagle stands as a symbol of freedom and liberty in a country formed in its pursuit and were chosen in the royal seal for the strength and beauty of its form and its longevity in the wild.
They are known to be the strongest protectors of their nests and are native to the country of which it represents. An image of this exalted bird was added to the centre of the Great Seal of the United States on June 20, 1782. Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress at that time had taken all the best elements of the suggested designs and improved on them by adding this majestic bird to the seal.
Even this great bird was on the extreme edge of extinction in the United States, but many states were quick enough to react and started restoration programs aimed at increasing the number of eagle populations. In 1984, an eagle restoration project was initiated by The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). From 1985 to 1991, 91 eagles were released throughout the state.
American Eagle Day Celebrations
The best way to celebrate American Eagle Day is to pick out a piece of clothing containing the picture of this unusual bird on it which shows American national pride. People create awareness about the endangered status and should strive to preserve its place in nature. It would be morose to have this symbol of America lost to the past through lack of conservation and effort. So get out the today and help the American Eagle, and let freedom ring!
The American Eagle Foundation, a non-profit organisation that sponsors the American Eagle Day celebration, says that “for over 230 years, the bald eagle has served as the living symbol of all that America stands for freedom, courage, strength, spirit, independence and excellence”.