June 20 is National Bald Eagle Day, known to many as National American Eagle Day. The actual name for the bird is “bald eagle”, the name used by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and so that’s the name for the day used on In Forest and Field. The bald eagle was adopted as the symbol of the United States in 1782, an image of the bald eagle has adorned the Great Seal of the U. S., flags, statues, buildings, currency, and military patches, as well as an abundance of un-official objects.
Ironically, the bald eagle was on the verge of extinction in the 1950s and 60s, primarily due to the widespread use of DDT which caused such eggshell thinning that the eggs broke and never hatched.
the 1980s there were only three active nests in Pennsylvania, now
there are over 300 with more being found each year. The use of DDT has been curtailed and over time the species has recovered.
In celebration of the bald eagle’s recovery from the brink of extinction here are a few photographs I've taken of the majestic bird –
How fortunate we are to be able to see eagles in the sky.