7 Cool Facts About Bald Eagles
Joe Granita (B&B reader)
Discover fascinating facts about the USA's national bird, the bald eagle.
- Large birds need large nests! Bald eagle nests are about 5 to 6 feet in diameter and 2 to 4 feet tall. If the tree is strong enough, they will use the same nest again and again, adding new materials each year, so some nests can be enormous.
- During the 1970s, bald eagles were seriously endangered. They’ve since made a remarkable comeback and in 2007, were removed from the Federal Endangered Species list.
- The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782. It was chosen for its majestic appearance and representation of freedom and strength.
- When it comes to sight, eagles have two centers of focus. This gives them the ability to see forward and to the side simultaneously.
- On average, male bald eagles weigh 25 percent less than females.
- While on the hunt for prey, eagles can dive up to 100 miles per hour. But in regular flight, they can travel about 30 miles per hour.
- Eagle nest cams are extremely popular, with thousands of people tuning in daily. One of our favorites is in Hanover, Pennsylvania: Check it out!
Originally Published: March 21, 2017