An art work, "Canyon" by artist Robert Rauschenberg, combines a painting, a rope-trundled pillow and a stuffed bird--a young bald eagle of obscure origin. The heirs of Ms. Ileana Sonnabend were demanded to pay $40 million to the Internal Revenue Service, because the artwork could not be legally sold to anyone.
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a Federal law that carries out the United States’ commitment to four international conventions with Canada, Japan, Mexico and Russia. Those conventions protect birds that migrate across international borders.
This law, [Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act] originally passed in 1940, provides for the protection of the bald eagle and the golden eagle (as amended in 1962) by prohibiting the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit Bald Eagle sitting in tree (16 U.S.C. 668(a); 50 CFR 22).
During cold years, [British Columbia] BC, especially south-coastal BC, is now home to the largest concentration of wintering eagles in the world during December and January, a point highlighted by record highs at the Squamish River salmon run.
The breeding population roughly tripled between the late 1980s and the early 2000s, before reaching a zone of apparent stability.
When feeding at carcasses, Bald Eagles may push Black and Turkey Vultures out of the way; other species including ravens, coyotes, bobcats, and dogs sometimes hold their own.
To hunt fish, the eagle swoops over the water and snatches at its prey with its talons.
Eagles primarily eat fish, carrion, smaller birds and rodents. Eagles are also known to prey on large birds and large fish.
A bald eagle's lifting power is about 4 pounds. They do not generally feed on chickens or other domestic livestock, but they will make use of available food sources. Bald eagles will take advantage of carrion (dead and decaying flesh).
The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), our national bird, is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle's scientific name signifies a sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with a white (leukos) head. At one time, the word "bald" meant "white," not hairless. Bald eagles are found throughout most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico.