The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a bird of prey in North America. It can be found in North America, Canada, Alaska, and Northern Mexico. Bald Eagles can be found mainly near large areas of open water with enough food sources and large trees for nesting.
Bald Eagles are not actually bald; the name derives from an older meaning of “white headed”. The adult is mainly brown with a white head and tail.
The Bald Eagle is usually quite sensitive to human activity while nesting, and is found most commonly in areas with minimal human disturbance.
“Bald eagles were officially declared an endangered species in 1967 in all areas of the United States south of the 40th parallel, under a law that preceded the Endangered Species Act of 1973. On June 28, 2007 the Department of Interior took the American bald eagle off the Endangered Species List. The bald eagle will still be protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.” (http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle8.html)
The majestic and powerful bald eagle is making a spectacular comeback from the brink of extinction. The plight of the bald eagle, our nation’s symbol, spurred America to pass the Endangered Species Act. Bald eagles are now found in every state with over 5,800 nesting pairs in the United States.