Return of the Eagle: How America Saved Its National Symbol

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Spectacular color photographs capture the majesty, grace, and power of bald eages in this inspiring story of how the United States saved its living symbol of freedom and independence. Declared our national bird in 1782, bald eagles were on the brink of extinction in the 1960s. But to citizens everywhere, such a loss was unthinkable. From government agencies to conservation groups and grassroots heroes, Americans banded together for a common cause, and this beautiful, wild spirit once again flies freely across our...
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Spectacular color photographs capture the majesty, grace, and power of bald eages in this inspiring story of how the United States saved its living symbol of freedom and independence. Declared our national bird in 1782, bald eagles were on the brink of extinction in the 1960s. But to citizens everywhere, such a loss was unthinkable. From government agencies to conservation groups and grassroots heroes, Americans banded together for a common cause, and this beautiful, wild spirit once again flies freely across our skies. Return of the Eagle chronicles this American success story with words and photos, including some of the most incredible photographs ever taken of eagles in flight. Return of the Eagle also features a unique directory to more than 150 areas throughout the nation where bald eagles may be viewed in the wild.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781560443001
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.98 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Incomparable for their grace, strength and beauty, eagles have been admired throughout the ages. Babylonians, Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans adopted the eagle as a symbol of earthly power and divine right. Native Americans revered our own native bald eagle for its power and keen eyesight. They coveted its feathers for headdresses and other ceremonial objects. And, of course, in 1782 the bald eagle was chosen as our national symbol.
 
The bald eagle's power and beauty impress us today, inspiring the legions of citizens who have helped to rescue this magnificent bird from the dark days of the 1960s, when the eagle's numbers in the lower forty-eight states had dwindled to fewer than 1,000 nesting birds and the bald eagle was declared an endangered species.

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