The bald eagle is unique to North America. Unlike the golden
eagle, which also lives in Europe, Asia and North Africa, the bald eagle
only occurs from Florida to Alaska.
Due to the bald eagleís opportunistic scavenging, Benjamin
Franklin was against the bald eagle as our national symbol and wanted the
wild turkey instead.
In the 1800's people frequently shot the bald eagle,
mistakenly believed eagles could carry away young children.
Lewis and Clark found that the feathers of this bird were
much prized by the Indians and was used in ceremonies and decorations.
Bald eagles have a wingspan of 6 to 7 1/2 feet.
The sexes are alike, with the female being slightly larger.
Bald eagles sit 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall and weigh 8 to 15
Their eyes are 5 to 6 times more powerful than humanís.
Their primary food is fish, and they will nearly always be
seen near water. They also eat waterfowl, particularly the sick or injured,
and occasionally carrion.
Bald eagles nest from November through April, depending on
It is believed that eagles mate for life.
Through January 4, 2016:
"Winter Garden Aglow" at
Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, Idaho. Lewis & Clark
Native Plant Garden light display. Stroll the Lewis & Clark trail
to the hilltop for a spectacular view of the valley below.
Then pause to gaze upon the beautiful bronze statue of
Sacajawea. It will be a holiday experience to remember.
Annual Winter Storytelling
Traveler's Rest, Missoula, Montana.
From time immemorial, families have gathered during the cold months of
winter to celebrate the community, to share food and to hear
age-old stories that have been passed down through the generations.
Join us at Traveler's Rest as we continue this ancient tradition.
Begins Saturday, January
Lewis and Clark Winter Film Festival at Lewis and Clark Interpretive
Center, Great Falls, Montana.
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