American Eagle Day
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A resolution proclaiming June 20th as American Eagle Day has been approved by both houses of the U.S. Congress for several years. 2013 Senate Resolution (PDF) / 2011 House Resolution (PDF). (Note: in 2011, the House passed a rule that disallows any commemorative resolution, but an announcement continues to be made on the House floor on June 20th to remind all Representatives that we as a nation should celebrate the recovery and restoration of the Bald Eagle.) Also, as of June 20, 2013, a combined total of 40 Governors have signed Proclamations giving our National Bird, the Bald Eagle, its own "official day" in their state! We'd love for that number to go up by June 20, 2014!
After nearly disappearing from most of the United States decades ago, the Bald Eagle is now flourishing across the nation. The removal of the bald eagle from the "threatened and endangered" species list was announced by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne on June 28, 2007.
"It's fitting that our national symbol has also become a symbol of the great things that happen through cooperative conservation," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall. "Eagles could not have recovered without a support network of strong partnerships among government at all levels, tribes, conservation organizations, the business community and individual citizens."
However, much work still needs to be done. The American Eagle Foundation wants to inform concerned citizens and conservationists that their national symbol still needs help. Al Cecere, founder and President of the Foundation, is confident the Bald Eagle still faces daunting post-delisting challenges - from loss of crucial nesting and foraging habitat to the threat of various contaminants, viruses and diseases.
"The Bald Eagle has been taken off the ESA's threatened species list, but that doesn't mean it has fully recovered and won't continue an up-hill fight for survival,” Cecere explains. “In an era of government budget cutting, it will cost millions of dollars to monitor and protect eagle nests and adjacent ecosystems on private lands nationally for the remainder of this decade and beyond."
On "American Eagle Day" (June 20), our Foundation is asking the American people to do the following:
- Tell the story of how our National Symbol came to be
- Remember how we almost lost our living symbol, the
Bald Eagle, in the wild to extinction, and how our nation rallied
together to save and protect it.
- Educate about the need to restore and protect eagles and all endangered species.
- Observe the principles upon which our country's independence and freedoms were founded.
- Organize activities that renew the American spirit by promoting pride and patriotism.
- Challenge citizens to strive toward quality and excellence in all that they do—acting like symbolic American Eagles.
- Recognize people in communities across the nation
who have made significant "beyond the call of duty" contributions to
helping or improving the lives of others — American Eagle Heroes (give special "American Eagle Awards").
Some suggested activities are listed below:
- If your Governor has not yet signed a proclamation recognizing and celebrating American Eagle Day, write a letter asking him/her to do so. Instructions for writing the letter are provided here.
- Teachers grades 7 and up: Create an Endangered Species Unit
focusing on the bald eagle. The American Eagle Foundation website has a
complete unit developed by Vanderbilt University's Learning Technology
Center. Click Here for link.
- Elementary School Teachers : Create an Endangered Species Unit for elementary school children focusing on the bald eagle. The American Eagle Foundation website has a complete unit developed by Sally Moorer, co-author of "Fly Eagle Fly" and six time Virginia "Teacher of the Year". Click Here for link.
- Children's Eagle Crafts for pre-schoolers.
- Eagle Coloring Book pages for young children to print out and enjoy!
- American Eagle Day Stickers! Use our stickers to decorate displays, flyers, or posters about the Bald Eagle.
- Download the sticker designs in PDF format and print out on Avery Labels (#5294). If the labels are not available at your local office supply store, they can be ordered at 1-800-462-8379, or online at http://store.averylabelsonline.com/52larohivila.html.
- Learn all about the Bald Eagle from our resource page. Choose a topic, do the research, and present a paper or PowerPoint on the topic you chose to your class, school, or club.
- Take a field trip to view eagles in the wild or attend an eagle event or festival.
- Contact your local paper or TV station and ask them to feature a program dedicated to what people can do to help the Bald Eagle in its continuing recovery and protection. This would be especially appropriate on American Eagle Day, June 20!
- Have a fact sheet or brochure ready to give to people who ask you for information. Place the fact sheet or brochure in libraries or other public places where people congregate. Download a brochure (PDF format) from the American Eagle Foundation. Print and distribute!
- Make American Eagle Day posters to display during the week of June 20th.
- Work with your local Wildlife Protection Agency to protect the habitat of eagles. Print out and review National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines, a document prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in 2007.
- Write your government representatives and ask them to encourage private land owners to protect the eagle.
- Work to keep the environment clean, so that eagles and other wildlife can live without fear of poisons or contaminants in their food chain.
- Recycle at your home (school or business) and properly dispose of items that may be harmful to the environment.
- Boy and Girl Scout Patch Activities are available which are centered around American Eagle Day.