Bald eagle

Bald eagle

The bald eagle, known as the national emblem of the United States, is a majestic bird of prey found primarily in North America.

The bald eagle distribution by country and some of the states within the United States where it’s commonly found:

  1. United States: Bald eagles are found throughout much of the United States, particularly in regions with ample access to water bodies such as lakes, rivers, and coastlines. Some states known for their significant bald eagle populations include:
    • Alaska: Alaska is home to one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the world. They are found throughout the state, particularly along coastal areas and near major rivers.
    • Washington: The Pacific Northwest, including Washington state, is another stronghold for bald eagles. They are commonly seen along the Puget Sound, in Olympic National Park, and around the Skagit River.
    • Florida: In Florida, bald eagles are prevalent around freshwater lakes and wetlands, including regions such as the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
    • Minnesota: The Land of 10,000 Lakes is also home to a healthy population of bald eagles. They are commonly seen around bodies of water throughout the state, including Voyageurs National Park and the Mississippi River.
    • Michigan: Bald eagles are found in Michigan, particularly around the Great Lakes and inland lakes. Places like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Isle Royale National Park provide habitat for eagles in the state.
  2. Canada: Bald eagles are also found in various parts of Canada, particularly along the coasts and near large bodies of water. They inhabit provinces such as British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.

Bald eagles are known for their distinctive white head and tail feathers, contrasting with a dark brown body. They are apex predators, feeding primarily on fish but also on small mammals, birds, and carrion. Despite once being endangered, conservation efforts such as habitat protection, banning the pesticide DDT, and legal protection under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act have helped populations recover in many areas.

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