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The following books, DVDs, CDs and videos are generally for purchase (online or locally), rental, and/or for review at your library.


The American Eagle
Leeson, Tom & Leeson, Pat (1988)
Portland, OR: Beyond Words Publishing, Inc.

This book contains excellent photographs of eagles including action shots, still shots, and closeup photos of the birds' features. It includes poetry and Indian lore having to do with eagles, as well as personal notes from zoologists and other eagle enthusiasts. There is an interesting section on the historical significance of the eagle, beginning with Benjamin Franklin's suggestion of the bald eagle as the national symbol and ending with today's efforts to save the eagle from extinction. Those interested in seeing eagles for themselves will find the list of eagle viewing locations helpful; there is also a list of contact information for organizations working to save America's eagles. Ref:

Bald Eagle (32 pages)
Gordon Morrison (1998)
Houghton Mifflin Company

Reading Level: Kindergarten - Grade 5. This handy natural-history resource book includes everything readers need to know about eagles and more. Through two levels of text, narrative and an abundance of extremely detailed asides, Morrison presents the lifecycle of the bald eagle and the particulars of their habits and habitats. The primary text, accompanied by realistic watercolors, begins and ends with the hatching of an eaglet, and in clear, flowing language chronicles all stages of development. Detailed pencil drawings and diagrams supplement the secondary text, which offers more specific information about the eagles, such as their anatomy, prey, and flight techniques, in equally simple, lucid language. Ref:

The Bald Eagle (227 pages)
Stalmaster, Mark V. (1987)
New York: Universe Books

This book is one of the most comprehensive volumes on the bald eagle available anywhere. The text contains massive amounts of relevant but concise information on almost every conceivable topic related to the bald eagle. It includes interactions with humans, protective management, habitat use and winter ecology and migration.

Bald Eagle Behavior (23 pages)
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory:

For Grades 1 - 7. Learn all about bald eagles and how to observe them in this interactive booklet. The information and activities were developed in conjunction with a bald eagle observation station and may be used with school groups. Ref: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation at

The Bald Eagle: Haunts and Habits of a Wilderness Monarch (177 pages)
Gerrard, Jon M. & Bortolotti, Gary R. (1988)
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press

If you can only afford to purchase one book on the bald eagle, this is the one to choose. Every possible topic is covered in detail, accompanied by black & white photographs, graphs, charts, and maps as well as appropriate literary reflections. This book explores the history of the bald eagle, physical descriptions, flight capabilities, protective mechanisms, nesting, territories, anatomy, courtship, mating, growth and development, diet, hunting, habitats, survival and mortality, threats and causes of endangerment. Each chapter begins with the author's personal reflections on the topic. The text is so well-written that more information is covered in these short chapters than in massive volumes written by other authors.

The Bald Eagle (96 pages)
Barghusen, Joan (1998)
Farmington Hills, MI: Lucent Books

Ages 9 - 12. Describes the physical characteristics and habits of bald eagles, threats to their existence, changes in their habitats, and efforts to protect these birds. Ref:

Bald Eagles (48 pages)
Lepthien, Emilie U. (1989)
Chicago: Children's Press, Inc.

Age Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2. Excellent full-color photographs and a simple, easy-to-read text are the chief attractions in this appealing book for beginning readers. Both physical characteristics and behavior are explained. The section describing the development of eagles is highlighted with photos showing the young birds in various stages of development. Lepthien also presents information about the endangered species status of bald eagles and explains what is being done to protect and save these magnificent birds. The closing section discusses the symbolism associated with the bald eagle. Ref:

Beastly Behaviors: A Zoo-Lover's Companion (366 pages)
Benyus, Janine M. (1992)
Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company

This fascinating book contains chapters on the world's most watchable animals, including the bald eagle. An in-depth report on eagle behaviors and their value in terms of adaptation to the ecosystem or habitat. The eagle chapter reports on locomotion, feeding, friendly and conflict behaviors and sexual and parenting behaviors. Each behavior is discussed in detail with black & white line drawings to illustrate important points. This text gives the biological and adaptive reasons for eagle behaviors. Excellent choice for students researching the topics discussed in the chapter. Ref:

The Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds (720 pages)
Ehrlich, Paul R., Dobkin, David S. & Wheye, Darryl (1988)
New York: Simon and Schuster

The first of its kind: a portable library of fascinating information. For each of the 646 species of birds that breed in North America, this book will tell at a glance: where the bird nests and which sex(es) build(s) the nest, how many eggs the bird lays, what the eggs look like, which parent incubates the eggs, how long and how the young are cared for, food preferences and foraging habits. In addition, this tome contains inserted chapters on DDT and Birds, Bird Biology and the Arts, Metallic Poisons, Eye Color and Development, Pellets and a special section on Hawaiian Bird Biology. This is an all-inclusive, must-have volume for anyone researching birds and their behavior.

Birds and How They Function (156 pages)
Callahan, Philip S. (1979)
New York: Holiday House

This text covers bird behaviors in general, rather than specific species in depth. Lightly illustrated with black & white photographs and line drawings, this book contains valuable information about the principles underlying the entire life cycle and behavior of birds from evolution to physical adaptations (feathers, beaks, etc.), digestive systems, flight, bird territories, bird calls, migrating and survival in general. Though not specially focused on a specific species, the information contained in this volume would support students' understanding of the concepts and causes of bird behaviors and functions.

Birds of the World: Birds of Prey (144 pages)
Mackenzie, John P. S. (1986)
Ashland, WI: Birch Paper Press

Contains beautiful, large, full-color photographs of the secretary bird, osprey, American vultures, falcons, hawks, eagles, owls and barn owls. Each photo contains a brief caption primarily explaining the photograph rather than giving scientific information about the species. Many species of eagles have been photographed, but there is only a small section on the bald eagle.

Challenger: America's Favorite Eagle (40 pages)
Raven, Margot Theis (2005)
Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press

Reading level: Ages 4 - 8. Challenger, an American bald eagle, is this country's most popular winged mascot. He was blown out of his nest as an eaglet and taken in by humans. After several failed attempts to release Challenger back into the wild, he was taken to the American Eagle Foundation. It was there that trainer Al Cecere recognized the rare opportunity to work with an uninjured eagle that had imprinted on humans. He knew that Challenger, as a free-flying bald eagle, a signt few Americans actually witness, could become an ambassador, bringing attention to the plight of these beautiful birds. Readers will recognize Challenger from the appearances he has made, ranging from such varied venues as the White House and the 100th Anniversary of national Wildlife Refuge System, the Pentagon, and the Olympic Torch Ceremony. In addition, Challenger has flown at the World Series and at the 100th Anniversary of Flight at Kitty Hawk. Challenger has also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, Good Morning america, Larry King Live, the Disney Channel, and Animal Planet. Ref: This book can be purchased on our website in our Eagle Gifts Section.

The Daywatchers (127 pages)
Parnell, Peter (1984)
New York: MacMillan Publishing Company

Baby to pre-school. Large picture book of hand-drawn illustrations of birds of prey. The author approaches his topic from the point of view of an artist and interested naturalist without formal training. The section on the bald eagle describes encounters with, and observations of, the bald eagle in the wild. The text describes the personal emotions the author felt during these events.

Eagle (144 pages)
Ingram, Terrence N. (1998)
New York, NY: Friedman/Fairfax Publishers

One chapter describes the eagles of the world, including their habitats and appearances. Other chapters focus on America's two eagle species, the bald and golden eagles. This includes their life history, habitat, threats, Endangered status, and conservation. It is beautifully illustrated with 130 eagle photographs.

Eagles: The World of Animals (96 pages)
Brown, Leslie (1970)
New York: Arthur Baker

This book contains a great deal of information and black & white photographs on all varieties of eagles. Although different species of eagles share common features, many characteristics are not shared by all species. This makes the text somewhat difficult to navigate in search of a particular species such as the bald eagle. The topics covered in the text include eagle facts, the eagle day, eagles as hunters, eagles at home, the young eagle, and eagles and economics.

Eagles (48 pages)
Stone, Lynn M. (2003)
Vero Beach, FL: Rourke Enterprises, Inc.

Reading Level: 4 to 8. This small, illustrated description of eagles covers in simple language and excellent photography where eagles live, how they look, their weapons, routine, nests, eaglets, prey, and reaction to humans. Perfect for a very brief introduction to the topic for younger students.

Eagles (461 page)
Wormer, Joe Van (1984)
New York: Lodestar Books

This book describes the basic facts about golden and bald eagles through black & white photographs and simple text. The topics covered include the eagle as a symbol, physical characteristics and adaptations, eagle nesting sites, eagle maturation, hunting, myths about eagles, and eagle rescue and recovery. Although these topics are covered, none are dealt with in detail. This makes the text more useful for a quick overview than for in-depth study.

The Eagle and the River
Craighead, Charles (1994)
Photographs by Tom Mangelsen
New York: Macmillan Publishing Company

Reading Level: ages 8 - 12. A juvenile picture book describing in high-quality photographs and text one eagle's hunt for food along the Snake River in Wyoming. This book gives a great deal of information about the other creatures in the ecosystem upon which the eagle relies for a food source. Although the photographs depict this cycle of hunting well, the text itself is lightweight and not as informative as needed for serious research on the diet or hunting techniques of the bald eagle.

Eagles of America (40 pages)
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw (1995)
New York: Holiday House

Grade 3 - 5. The only two native species of North American eagles, the bald and golden, are treated in this comparative presentation. Patent describes how their numbers declined dramatically during the 19th and 20th centuries due to habitat loss, DDT-caused eggshell thinning, and hunting. She also discusses the work of wildlife rehabilitators and conservation efforts. Splendid full-color photographs illustrate the lively text and clarify descriptions. Ref:

Eagles of North America (128 pages)
Savage, Candace (2000)
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing

An absorbing account of the everyday behavior of these birds of prey. Ninety stunning, action-packed color photographs from the world's top nature photographers portray the grace and power of eagles--awe-inspiring birds with vision five times superior to ours, breakneck speed, split-second timing, and striking agility. The pictures include heartwarming close-ups of a newborn eaglet's first tentative steps, gripping images of carnivorous adults ravaging their kill, and stunning aerial views of the raptors soaring through the air. Ref:

Eagles of the World (224 pages)
Brown, Leslie (1976)
Newton Abbot: David & Charles

As the title of the book suggests, the descriptions in this text pertain to all varieties of eagles throughout the world. Only two eagle species, the golden and the bald, can be found in the United States. This book gives an extremely detailed look at the different species of eagles, their physical characteristics and adaptations, behaviors both away from the nest and outside the breeding season as well as during the breeding cycle, the growth and development of young, and the important issue of eagle conservation. The text is illustrated through black & white drawings and features extensive graphs, diagrams, and maps that pertain to eagle populations throughout the world.

Eagle's Plume: The Struggle to Preserve the Life and Haunts of America's Bald Eagle (336 pages)
Beans, Bruce E. (1996)

Since 1970, action by government, organizations and individuals has brought the bald eagle from the brink of extinction to a measure of recovery; it is now listed as threatened instead of endangered. Environmental writer Beans here spins a captivating story of the eagle's significance in American culture and its current status in the American wilderness. In Florida, a retired Canadian banker spent more than 20 winters banding eaglets; in a New Jersey swamp, a biologist built an artificial nest to attract nesting birds; in the West, undercover agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pursued a widespread traffic in eagle parts and feathers. Beans charts the eagle's comeback in New Jersey, Virginia and Florida; problems of habitat destruction and pollution remain. In Alaska, he finds the nation's greatest congregation of eagles on the Chilkat River, now a bald eagle preserve. Ref:

A Field Guide to the Birds' Nests : United States east of the Mississippi River (257 pages)
Harrison, Hal H. (1998)
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company

Discusses 285 bird species found breeding in the United States east of the Mississippi River. Contains a short, but highly technical description of each type of nest and description of eggs laid in a clutch.

Fly Eagle Fly (155 pages)
Moorer, Sally; Rogers, James; Sullivan, Sandy (2001)
Sevierville, TN: Insight Publishing Company

In this book, an interesting and unique activities guide is included for parents and educators. These activities incorporate math, science, social studies, music, language arts, character education, art, reading and English. James Rogers' interactive CD will engage children in visual stimulation leading to facts about eagles. The activities guide has twelve unique exercises. Each activity is fun, adaptable, and promotes the joy of learning. It is a wonderful addition to the Character Counts program endorsed by many schools. About the Authors: Sally Moorer is a 4-time "Teacher of the Year" in Virginia. James Rogers is an entertainer and award winning songwriter ( His song, "Fly Eagle, Fly!" was selected as an official Tennessee State Song. Ref:

Golden Eagle: Sovereign of the Skies (112 pages)
Leppart, Gary (2004)
Portland, OR: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company

This book explores the nature of this regal bird covering its origin, hunting methods, reproduction, and migration as well as how the bird fits into human culture, including the issue of preservation. Ref:

How Birds Migrate (240 pages)
Kerlinger, Paul. Illustrations by Pat Archer (1995)
Mechanicsburg, PA; Stackpole Books

In black & white diagrams and illustrations, the author describes in exacting detail the migration patterns of birds through research data gathered through radio telemetry. Though the bald eagle is not specifically mentioned, characteristics of eagles and soaring and gliding birds in general are discussed in detail. All descriptions are explained through case studies of particular types of birds. Students must make the connections among the species and bird groups to fully benefit from this text.

Just Eagles (126 pages)
Hutchinson, Alan; et. al. (2000)
Minocqua, WI: Willow Creek Press

Just Eagles celebrates the eagle's majestic beauty and power through 90 breathtaking photographs and text that are designed to guide the reader in finding, watching and understanding eagles safely. The text comprehensively discusses mating, territory, offspring, migration and the famous eyes, talons and hunting abilities of this amazing bird of prey. With the eagles removal from the Endangered Species List, the eagle is now a symbol of hope and recovery, of a commitment by a society to understand its connection to the natural world, to value that world around us and to work to right the wrong of a species in decline. Ref:

Life Histories of North American Birds of Prey
(Part I - 409 pages [including eagles], Part II - 482 pages)
Bent, Arthur Cleveland (1961)
New York: Dover Publications

An encyclopedic collection of information about more than a hundred different subspecies of hawks, eagles, falcons, buzzards, condors and owls. Detailed descriptions of nesting habits, plumage, egg form and distribution, food behavior, field marks, voice, winter habits, range, courtship procedures, molting information and migratory habits of every North Amerian bird of prey. Although this book contains a great deal of information on all types of birds, including the northern and southern varieties of bald eagles, the text is written in the voice of writers from past centuries. This and the small print make the book extremely difficult to read.

The Power of Eagles: Nature's Way to Individual Accomplishment (166 pages)
Towery, Twyman (2000)
Brentwood, TN: Wessex House Publishing

Eagle characteristics are used to symbolize how we can improve our own lives. Topics include: courage, loyalty, Biblical references, Native American cultures, soaring, vision, celebration, mentoring, teamwork, etc.

RJ: Tribute to a Golden Eagle (175 pages)
Mager, Doris (1997)
Aquila Press

This book is a tribute to a non-releasable golden eagle and constant companion to the author for many years in educational programming.

Silent Spring (400 pages)
Carson, Rachel (1962)
Houghton Mifflin Company: New York

Rarely does a single book alter the course of history, but Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring did exactly that. The outcry that followed its publication in 1962 forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. This elegantly stated description of the history, science, and dangers of the chemicals that almost destroyed the nation's ecosystem is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century. No individual interested in the dangers posed by unthinking use of poisons in the environment should go without reading this book. The causes and effects of DDT and other pesticides and the legal system which allowed and even encouraged its use are described in detail. The first three chapters should be accessible to students and provide the basic background needed to fully understand the effects of chemical pesticides on the environment; however, the text quickly becomes fairly difficult and is laced with technical terms.

Sovereign Wings: The North American Bald Eagle (88 pages)
Barrie, Jack A. & Lauber, Lon E. (Photographers) (1990)
Hong Kong: Thomasson-Grant, Inc.

This beautiful picture book of bald eagles contains a brief introduction to the bald eagle, its behaviors, appearance, and current status as an endangered species as well as fabulous photographs of eagles in every possible activity in which they engage. For those impressed with the beauty and majesty of the bald eagle, this book contains much that will catch your eye.

Water, Prey, and Game Birds of North America
Westmore, Alexander (1965)
Washington, D. C.: National Geographic Society

This well-illustrated book contains National Georgraphic quality text and photographic illustrations. In addition to an introductory chapter on the evolution of birds, the book contains a by-species chapter on the water, prey, and game birds of North America. The chapter on eagles, written by Frederick Kent Truslow, contains a description of the author's attempts to record the birth and growth of a clutch of bald eagles. The text is accompanied by informative text and wonderfully detailed photographs of each stage of the eagle's growth and development.

Where the Bald Eagles Gather (64 pages)
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw (1999)
Bt Bound

This short book describes in simple text and black & white photographs the gathering of bald eagles in Glacier National Park in Montana during the fall. The book discusses this unusual event and the reasons it occurs as well as general information about the bald eagle. The text explains how and on what the eagle feeds, eagle size, eagle radio telemetry and its purpose, migration, nesting, and the eagle's endangerment. As with many texts this size, the book is more appropriate for a quick overview or review of the topics than for in-depth study.

The Wonder of Birds (280 pages)
National Geographic Society (1983)
Washingon, D. C.: The National Geographic Society

This coffee-table book about birds is exquisitely illustrated by the photographic teams of the National Geographic Society. The text is written by avian experts who write about general topics related to birds. For example, the first chapter entitled "A Celebration of Birds" talks about the rhythm of nature found in music and in the seasonal cycles of bird life such as migration, courtship, nesting, shedding, silence and song. A final index describes birdwatching possibilities by state.

Eagles: Zoobooks (18 pages)
Wildlife Education Ltd. (1993)
San Diego, CA : Wildlife Education Ltd.

Reading level: Ages 4-8. This excellent series of texts illustrated with high-quality photographs, superb color drawings, graphs, experiments to conduct, and other illustrations give a concise, detailed explanation of many important topics related to eagles. This issue describes the four groups of eagles, eagle flight, wing anatomy, foods and hunting, eagle young and thier care and the future of eagles. Two other issues in the series pertain to eagles as well: Birds of Prey (1986) and Endangered Species (1987).



The Barn Owl

Ages 10-adult. One-of-a-kind introduction to barn owl behavior, habitat preferences, physiology, life cycle, and diet. Includes beautiful footage of barn owls in their preferred habitats along with computer animation of how they hear and hunt their prey. Fifteen fascinating minutes, concluding with a detailed discussion of owl pellets - their formation, dissection and prey identification. Ref: Acorn Naturalists at

Hawkwatch, A Guide to Eastern Raptors
Walton, Dodge
Brownbag Productions

This unique DVD provides the perfect introduction to hawk identification. Whether a kettle of soaring Broad-winged Hawks, a ridge-topping Golden Eagle, a stooping Peregrine Falcon, or even the local Red-tailed Hawk cruising the neighborhood, hawks in flight present an exciting challenge to both beginning and expert birders. Ref:

Wildlife Survivors - Wildlife Wars/Return of the Eagle
(150 minutes; 2-disk set)
National Wildlife Federation (2004)

Features two nature documentaries--Wildlife Wars, hosted by actor Daryl Hannah, and Return of the Eagle, hosted by singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus. Wildlife Wars looks at the clash between humans and wildlife, and begins a conversation about conservation and protecting the interests of both people and animals. Return of the Eagle looks at the tragic history of America's national bird, the Bald Eagle, and its triumphant recent return after the lessening of the effects of the pesticides which nearly wiped out many bird populations.

Winged Migration
(89-minute DVD)
Columbia Tri-Star (2001)

Over the course of 4 years, 5 teams of more than 450 people followed a variety of species, including bald eagles, along their migration patterns through 40 countries spanning each of the 7 continents. By using cutting-edge technology, including planes, gliders, helicopters and balloons, the filmmakers were able to get a "bird's-eye view" of their travels by flying alongside, above, below, in front of and behind their subjects. The cameras are often so close to the birds that you can actually hear the flapping of their wings. The film's captivating beauty is incredible to behold, whether the birds are flying against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the late World Trade Center in New York, the Great Wall of China, the jungles of Africa or the deserts of Monument Valley. To put their journey into a broader perspective, some species may fly only 600 miles, while others fly more than 10,000, only to have to turn around and do it all over again. Whatever the case, Perrin makes it clear that these world-spanning journeys are essential to their survival, even if they have to endure searing heat, brutal blizzards or extended flights over hundreds of miles of water. Ref: Entertainment Insiders at



American's Endangered Species, Don't Say Good-bye
(60 minutes)
National Geographic (1998)

Age 8 - Adult. An unforgettable adventure, a race against the clock to capture portraits of America's most threatened creatures. From the California Sierra to the deep South, this team found both hope and promise for creatures living on the edge. This video tells a story and makes a plea: "Don't say good-bye." Ref: Acorn Naturalists at

Audubon's Animal Adventures: Eagles
(30 minutes)
National Audubon Society (1999)

As shown on the Disney Channel. Beautiful eagle flights and scenes. Shows what is being done for their recovery, including the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge, TN. Discover how captive eagle chicks are being hatched, prepared for life in the wild and released. Visit "eagle clinics" where veterinarians work to rehabilitate injured eagles. Availability:

Eagle Rising
(22 minutes)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the National eagle repository goes about the exciting work of distributing eagles to Native Americans for religious use. It also encourages Federal, State, and local wildlife professionals to send all recovered dead eagles to the Repository to help fill the growing backlog of Native American eagle feather requests, and explains how this process works. Ref: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:

Flight for Survival
The New Explorers

Conservationists will go to great lengths - and heights - to save endangered animals. In Flight for Survival, Bill Kurtis follows one such New Explorer, Dr. James Geier, up an 80-foot tree to check on two eagle chicks nesting at the top. Today birds like these are being moved from their homes to areas where the bald eagle has died off. Thanks to these efforts, and the ban of the toxic insecticide DDT, the bald eagle is making a remarkable comeback in the United States and Canada. Come along for an exciting climb in majestic Lake of the Woods, Ontario. Discover why this stately bird is an American treasure.

Ordering information: The New Explorers; Public Media Education; Attn: Customer Relations; 5547 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60640. 1-800-343-4312, Ext. 359.

Seminole Wind: The Egg-cellent Adventure
(60 minutes)
Florida Audubon Society

One hour video highlighing young eaglet's arrival at the Center for Birds of Prey as an egg; hatching; first-time parents, the growth of Seminole Wind and the actual return to a wild nest and a new eagle family.

Ordering Information: Florida Audubon Society Video; 460 Hwy 436. Suite 200; Casselberry, Florida 32707: 1-800-874-2473. Proceeds benefit the Center for Birds of Prey.

Watching Wildlife, A Guide to One of America's Most Popular Activities
(30 minutes)

Technique-packed 30 minute video shows you how to find animals without disturbing them, where and when to go for the best viewing, tips for making wildlife viewing trips more enjoyable for children, identifying tracks and other signs of wildlife activity, and conserving wildlife and natural areas. A fine guide for all outdoor enthusiasts. Can be purchased at Video Marketplace.Com.

A World Alive
(25 minutes)

Ages 9-adult. Narrated by James Earl Jones, this video celebrates the splendor of birth and renewal, giving positive hope for the future. Comes with informative pamphlet. Perfect introduction to discussions on animal diversity and species preservation. Speaks to living in harmony with nature for the benefit of all. Ref: Acorn Naturalists at

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