Eagle Day in the United States
On June 20, Americans are going to observe American Eagle Day. Some decades ago, the Bald Eagle population was considered endangered, but with time, it recovered after being very close to extinction. To celebrate the recovery of the species, the American Eagle Foundation arranged a special day, which has been celebrated annually since 1995. If you want to know more about it, read on!
Facts about American Eagle Day and the American Eagle Foundation
- American Eagle Day is observed on June 20 every year, regardless of the day of the week.
- American Eagle Day is celebrated only in 41 states so far.
- The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) recommends Americans to celebrate this holiday by arranging special ceremonies in schools to educate kids about the American Eagle.
- To encourage the public love for Bald Eagles, the AEF places a live Eagle Nest Camera on the day of celebration. Thus, everyone can see how the eagles take care of their eaglets.
- The AEF also arranges special events, such as releasing captive birds to freedom (mostly in the Great Smoky Mountains region) and operating shows and exhibitions (“Wings of America” and “Eagle Mountain Sanctuary”).
- The date was chosen due to the historical fact. On June 20, 1782, the Bald Eagle appeared on the national emblem of the United States.
- In 1963, this species was on the edge of extinction; there were only 417 pairs left. Since then on, the species population has steadily been growing and now there are 12,000 pairs living all over 28 states.
- In 2007 the Bald Eagle was taken off the list of the endangered species by the US Department of the Interior and Fish & Wildlife Service.
- Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles have been protected in accordance with the Bald & Golden Eagle Protection Act put in practice in 1940.
- The AEF is a non-profit organization founded in the year 1985. It works to keep citizens and professionals aware of the ways on how to protect the population of Bald Eagles and keep them growing. This organization also helps to hold environmental recovery programs and assists many other projects in doing the same.
- The headquarters of the AEF are located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
- The key goal of the above- mentioned foundation is to restore and protect the population of Bald Eagles in the USA. In addition, they also take care of the orphaned and injured birds. Overall, they care for approximately 80 eagles every day.
- Many birds have reproduced in the center. Due to this fact, the AEF has become the largest Bald Eagle Breeding factory in the world.
- People working at the AEF aim to teach citizens to respect and appreciate Bald Eagles and their natural environment.
Are you ready to celebrate American Eagle Day this year? What are your plans?