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Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle is a bird of prey found in North America. A sea eagle, it has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico.

 

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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.

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Under federal statutes, the bald eagle--despite being stuffed, prohibits any transportation of bald eagles or their remains.  This is an example of how far the two laws of protecting the bald eagle can go, even when it is an art work.

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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.

Article: USFWS: Laws that Protect ...
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Violaters, according to this website, will face a penalty of "two years imprisonment and $250,000 fine for a felony conviction and six months imprisonment or $5,000 fine for a misdemenor conviction.  [The] fines double if the violator is an organization rather than an individual." 

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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).

Article: USFWS: Laws that Protect ...
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Thanks for this law, the bald eagle species will not be extinct from illegal hunting from man.  We should respect those who live around us, even if they are animals, because we all share this planet. 

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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.

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Wintering eagles regularly travel along salmon streams, as it is one of their main food source in the British Columbia. 

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The breeding population roughly tripled between the late 1980s and the early 2000s, before reaching a zone of apparent stability.

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The bald eagle population was able to come back, because of the regulations placed to protect them from a chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticide, such as DDT, and from being hunted by man.

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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.

Article: All About Birds
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To hunt fish, the eagle swoops over the water and snatches at its prey with its talons.

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They can dive as fast as up to 99 miles per hour, some say.

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Eagles primarily eat fish, carrion, smaller birds and rodents. Eagles are also known to prey on large birds and large fish.

Article: Basic Facts About Bald Ea...
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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).

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This scavenger image make some people dislike the bald eagle like a vulture.  I say it is a survival mechanism built within all animals, whether we like it or not.

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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.

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The bald eagle was taken off of the Federal list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants on June 28, 2007, however, it is still protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

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