Eagle on the Town



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Once on the brink of extinction, the North American bird that became a national symbol is thriving again. The bald eagles around Portland, OR used to stay away from the city, but this week one camped out right in front of the KATU news camera overlooking the Willamette River.


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. About half of the world's 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska. Combined with British Columbia's population of about 20,000, the northwest coast of North America is by far their greatest stronghold for bald eagles.


That thing about "bald" meaning "white" was something I actually learned from my seven-year-old daughter recently. Link.


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I thought i were the eagle. What could i think? Probably i would feel sorrow and pain, because i am not lucky like may fathers who lived in a pure nature. High buildings, crowded and tumultuous roads and pollution in front of me. Poor eagle.
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In my daily commute in the Mid-Willamette Valley south of Portland I've seen bald eagles quite frequently over the past month. One morning there was a pair of them engaging in what looked like aerial combat.

While not as glamorous as the bald eagle, the turkey vultures in our area are also quite impressive. It is our sign that spring is near when the turkey vultures return from their winter homes.
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Very cool.
I've never had the pleasure of seeing a bald eagle in the wild, but it must be quite a sight. I love watching the big hawks here, so can only imagine how cool it would be to add in eagles to that mix lol.
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I was fortunate in my new position at Georgia Southern University this past month to get an up close view of Freedom, the eagle kept at the university wild life center. The BBC attached a camera to his back to get some birds eye views. It's interesting to watch an animal like that which has been in captivity for such a long time still use its natural instincts at any opportunity. If there's chance of seeing one of these birds up close, take it.
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