National American Eagle Day

A majestic American bald eagle soaring through a clear blue sky, surrounded by lush green trees and a beautiful mountain backdrop..
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Get ready to spread your wings and soar high because it's National American Eagle Day! This glorious day celebrates one of the most majestic creatures on Earth - the American bald eagle. So, grab your binoculars, put on your eagle eye, and let's dive into the fascinating world of these feathered wonders.

When is American Eagle Day?

It's national american eagle day on the 20th June.

The Majestic American Bald Eagle

When you think of the United States, the bald eagle is one of the first images that come to mind. With its stunning white head, brown body, and piercing yellow eyes, the American bald eagle symbolizes freedom, strength, and beauty.

Not only is the American bald eagle an iconic symbol, but it also holds a special place in the hearts of Americans. It was officially declared the national bird in 1782. Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers, famously suggested the wild turkey as the national bird. Fortunately for all the eagle enthusiasts out there, the bald eagle won the vote!

These regal creatures have an impressive wingspan, measuring up to 7.5 feet! They can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour and fly as high as 10,000 feet. With such extraordinary abilities, it's no wonder they captivate our hearts.

Conservation and Comeback

While the American bald eagle is a symbol of strength, it faced a dire future around the mid-20th century. Due to habitat loss, hunting, and the widespread use of pesticides, their population plummeted. It reached a critical point, with less than 500 nesting pairs remaining in the lower 48 states. We were in the middle of an eagle emergency!

But never fear, conservation efforts came to the rescue! In 1940, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act was established, granting legal protection to these incredible birds. Additionally, the banning of DDT, a harmful pesticide, played a significant role in their recovery.

Today, the bald eagle population has made an inspiring comeback. Thanks to dedicated efforts, their numbers have soared to over 10,000 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states. That's a triumph worth celebrating!

How to Celebrate National American Eagle Day

Now that you're brimming with eagle knowledge, it's time to honor these majestic birds on National American Eagle Day. Here are a few ways you can celebrate:

  1. Get outdoors and go birdwatching. Look for these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat and marvel at their grace.
  2. Support conservation organizations working to protect eagles and their habitats. Donate or volunteer your time to make a difference.
  3. Spread awareness about the importance of preserving our natural resources and the incredible diversity of wildlife in the United States.
  4. Host an eagle-themed party or movie night, complete with eagle-shaped treats and a screening of a documentary about these fantastic creatures.

History behind the term 'American Eagle'


Adoption as the national emblem

In 1782, the American eagle was officially adopted as the national emblem of the United States. It was chosen for its symbolism of strength, courage, and freedom, which were highly valued traits associated with the newly formed nation.


Depiction on the Great Seal

The American eagle gained even more prominence in 1841 when it was depicted on the Great Seal of the United States. The seal prominently features an eagle with its wings spread wide, holding arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other. This symbolizes America's ability to defend itself while also striving for peace.


Designation as the national bird

The American eagle gained further recognition in 1854 when it was designated as the national bird of the United States. This recognition solidified the eagle's significance as a symbol of the nation's values and ideals.


Introduction on US coins

In 1901, the American eagle made its debut on United States coins. Its first appearance was on the ten-dollar gold coin, or eagle, which featured a proud and majestic eagle on the reverse side. Since then, the American eagle has appeared on various denominations of coins, becoming an iconic symbol of American currency.


Introduction on bullion coins

The American eagle took on a new role in 1986 when it was introduced on the American Eagle bullion coins. These coins, made of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, feature a stunning rendition of the American eagle on the obverse side. They have become highly sought after by collectors and investors alike.


Designation as the national animal

In 1997, the American eagle was officially designated as the national animal of the United States, further cementing its status as a powerful and revered symbol of the country.

Did you know?

Did you know that the bald eagle's call is surprisingly weak and faint? Despite their striking appearance, their voice doesn't quite match their grandeur. So, the next time you spot an eagle soaring above, imagine them making a tiny peep instead of a mighty roar!


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First identified

20th June 2015

Most mentioned on

20th June 2020

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