Bald Eagles


Barbara J. Feldman

The Bald Eagle is a North American bird of prey, and it is both the national bird and national animal of the United States. As an American symbol, the Bald Eagle can be seen on the President’s Seal (look for it on the lectern when the President is speaking) and on the back of many coins including the silver Kennedy half dollar, and the gold $5 coin.

  • American Bald Eagle Information5 stars

    "Bald Eagles are found throughout most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. About half of the world's 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska. Combined with British Columbia's population of about 20,000, the northwest coast of North America is by far their greatest stronghold for bald eagles. They flourish here in part because of the salmon." With slideshows, photo galleries, and lots of articles, publisher Hope Rutledge has built an excellent resource for students researching school reports.

  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds: Bald Eagle5 stars

    "The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that." The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a non-profit dedicated to "advancing the understanding of nature and engaging people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet." Their Bald Eagle page includes keys to identification, a summary of behavior and habitat, a photo slideshow, and a sound gallery. "For such a powerful bird, the Bald Eagle emits surprisingly weak-sounding calls."

  • National Geographic Animals: Bald Eagle5 stars

    "The Bald Eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States - yet the bird was nearly wiped out there." National Geographic is our go-to site for animal facts, not because they have more facts than everyone else, but because their layout is concise and well-designed. Be sure to look at Fast Facts for the icon that shows the relative size of a Bald Eagle compared to a six-foot man.

  • San Diego Zoo: Bald Eagle5 stars

    "The bald eagle isn't really bald! Its head is covered with short, white feathers. The term ‘bald' may be from the Old English word 'balde' that meant white." For your youngest clickers, this is a colorful and simple introduction to Bald Eagles. For the rest of us, the San Diego Zoo has a more grownup Bald Eagle page. You can find it by following the Zoo link at the bottom of this kids' page, and then searching (in the upper right-hand corner) for "Bald Eagle."

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Bald and Golden Eagles4 stars

    In addition to the summaries offered on this page, be sure to click through to the Bald Eagle Fact Sheet and learn why the Bald Eagle is an Endangered Species Act success story. "Forty years ago, our national symbol was in danger of extinction throughout most of its range. Habitat destruction and degradation, illegal shooting, and the contamination of its food source, largely as a consequence of DDT, decimated the eagle population."

  • By June 11,2013

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!



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