Bald Eagle (American national bird) (022803) 

"Bald eagle" is the American national bird .  It’s a symbol of freedom and power. Its wingspan is around 7.5 feet! The eagle’s keen eyes and dangerous talons make this bird an excellent hunter. Note: Some people may say that their hunting ways are really greedy. They will often steal food from smaller birds or animals if the opportunity arises. Minnesota is one of few places where you can spot these bald eagles. This is especially true along the Mississippi river. The bald eagles were reclassified from "endangered" to  “threatened” on the endangered-species list in 1995.  We were fortunate to spot two bald eagles perching on a tall tree at Lake Phalen last Sun.  Here are pix of the bald eagles. Note: It’s unusual to spot bald eagles at
Lake Phalen, which is several miles from the Mississippi and St Croix rivers. One of our staff from Japan was excited by seeing the bald eagles in person for the first time; he said, “Wow!  Son of a gun!  They look so cool!” J

Sources: “America A to Z,” U.S. General Books, Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, NY, 1997  
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