June 20 is Bald Eagle Day. These are majestic birds that soar over rocky pinnacles in Alaska, grace the sky in Florida, and are one of the most magnificent creatures in nature. After all, the founding fathers chose the bald eagle as a proud and loyal representation of the United States.
On January 28, 1982 President Ronald Reagan passed Proclamation 4893 to honor June 20th as National Bald Eagle Day. It commemorates the day in 1782, when on June 20th this great bird became the symbol of this Nation.
As a home care provider, you can use this National Day of observance to do something fun with your elderly adult which revolves around the bald eagle. Some communities have events and live bald eagle demonstrations so that families can see a real bald eagle in person.
Some estimates put original bald eagle numbers in the high millions in the United States. Sadly, the numbers dwindled down so far that the bald eagle was on the endangered species list. It stayed on that list for more than 30 years. In 1963, premium bald eagle habitat in the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge saw only one pair of nesting mates in an area where there used to be thousands!
In 1973, the lower 48 states only had 417 nesting pairs. Groups and organizations went into overdrive to attempt to bring this iconic bird back from the brink of extinction. The federal government banned the use of DDT, a pesticide which was partially responsible for the devastating decline of bald eagle population. There was increased protection for habitat and breed-and-release programs were instigated.
Fortunately, today’s bald eagle numbers are once again in the healthy range all over this great nation. The bald eagle was removed from the list of endangered species in 2007.
How to celebrate Bald Eagle Day
- Go to the public library and check out books on bald eagles
- Find local celebrations and join in
- Go on the internet and do searches for bald eagles
- Visit a bird sanctuary and see some eagles
- Make a donation to a bird sanctuary
- Go online and find out where bald eagle day celebrations are going on near you
If your elderly adult would like to try her hand at drawing or painting, obtain some pictures of bald eagles and then draw and/or paint them.
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