America's national symbol since 1782 is a stunning picture of strength and glory as it soars our wind-swept skies on wings spanning nearly 8 feet. Once numerous across the United States, the bald eagle, a victim of pesticide-poisoned food chain and habitat loss, is endangered in the South, and scarce elsewhere. Many researchers feel, however, that with help, this magnificent species is making a comeback, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes regions. Contrary to its name, this majestic bird isn't at all bald. Its common name comes from the Old English word "balde" which means white, and aptly refers to those snowy white feathers covering the mature bird's head.
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