Monday, June 20, 2016

American Eagle Day

~ American Eagle Day, June 20th ~
The Raptor Resource Project proudly participates in the celebration of American Eagle Day.
The bald eagle is admired as one of nature's most spectacular creatures, and to catch a glimpse of this majestic raptor is to understand why the Founding Fathers chose it to represent the strength and courage of our great Nation. Its grace and power in flight, its vigilance and loyalty in defending its family group, and, most of all, its courage make the eagle a proud and appropriate symbol for the United States.
On June 20, 1782, the bald eagle became our Nation's symbol and national bird. On June 20, 1982 President Ronald Reagan, in accordance with a joint resolution of Congress in celebrating America’s 200th Bicentennial, proclaimed the day as “National Bald Eagle Day”. The first “American Eagle Day” was proclaimed by President Bill Clinton in 1995. Since then 41 American states have made the day an official observance. From 2007 on-wards, the US Senate has also passed resolutions to mark June 20 of the year as American Eagle Day.
Bald eagles were brought back from the brink of extinction in the mid-1990s after a nationwide conservation and protection effort. Due to the widespread use of pesticides such as DDT, illegal hunting practices and the destruction of their natural habitats by human activity, the numbers of these majestic birds of prey fell down to a mere 400 in the 1960s. After DDT was banned in the US and Canada, eventually the numbers of the birds started to grow. By 1995, the birds were removed from the endangered species list, and in June 2007, the bald eagle was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Currently, there are close to 10,000 nesting pairs of birds in the contiguous United States.
Raptor Resource Project is proud of the role we have played in the protection and preservation of raptor species, and specifically with our Decorah Bald Eagle live camera, have introduced over 350 million viewers globally to the Decorah Bald Eagles while studying and observing their nest in Northeastern Iowa and the now 25 offspring successfully raised and fledged by the pair known as Mom and Dad Decorah.
Raptor Resource Project continues with their educational outreach and mission statement, “to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, expand participation in raptor preservation, and help foster the next generation of preservationists”, while working on the vital issues of lead poisoning, wind farms, electrocution, and agricultural pesticides, that put this magnificent raptors and other wildlife at risk. We thank you all for your support in our endeavors to preserve and protect while increasing advocacy and awareness.
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