January 10: National Save the Eagles Day

american eagle photo

The Bald Eagle is has been the American symbol since 1782. And due to conservation efforts, the Bald Eagle was officially removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007.

There are more than 70 species of eagle worldwide. The largest eagle in the world is Steller’s Sea Eagle, which weighs 11-20 pounds and has a wingspan of 7 ft 2 in to 8 ft 0.3 in. Although it breeds mainly in Russia, it has also been located in Korea and Japan. The smallest species of eagle is the South Nicobar serpent eagle, at 0.99 pounds and 16 inches.

Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large, hooked beaks for ripping flesh from their prey; strong, muscular legs; and powerful talons.