Taking flight

Taking Flight

In 1963, approximately 487 pairs of eagles remained in 48 states. This dangerously low number of eagles was due in part by destruction of the eagle’s environment, hunting, and DDT. Today, since the ban of DDT and the Endangered Species Act, the eagle population has been growing and now eagles can be found primarily in the northern majority part of Wisconsin! In honor of National Save the Eagles day, here are a few interesting facts about eagles:

  • The bald eagle’s wingspan can reach as long as 7 feet and they can weigh between 8-14 pounds. The female bald eagle can reach anywhere from 34-43 inches in length while the male bald eagle can reach anywhere from 30-35 inches in length
  • Bald eagle’s don’t sport their famous “bald head” until they are about 4-5 years old
  • Eagle nests can be as large as 4 feet in diameter and 3 feet deep
  • Eagles can fly as fast as 30 miles per hour
  • In the wild, eagles can live up to 20-30 years