American Eagle Day

June 20, 2012

Gov. Beverly Perdue has declared June 20, 2012 American Eagle Day for the first time in North Carolina. The state joins about 30 others that have issued similar proclamations for the promotion and protection of the bird that has become a symbol of America.

On June 20, 1782 Congress approved the Great Seal of US & the bald eagle as its symbol.

Photo taken at the Carolina Raptor Center on April 29, 2000

©Jane Hogan

 

On August 9, 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. After nearly disappearing from most of the United States decades ago, the bald eagle is now flourishing across the nation and no longer needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

The two main factors that led to the recovery of the bald eagle were the banning of the pesticide DDT and habitat protection afforded by the Endangered Species Act for nesting sites and important feeding and roost sites.

Although they are delisted, bald eagles are still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Lacey Act.


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