Archive for July 4, 2011

Story Behind the Photo: Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa, FL

Happy Independence Day! On this great day of national pride, it seemed like the perfect time to share an image of a Bald Eagle.  Now synonymous with the United States, the Bald Eagle became the unofficial symbol of our country in 1782 when the Great Seal of the United States was adopted with a Bald Eagle prominently featured. Not everyone was a fan, with Benjamin Franklin rallying hard for the turkey to be our national bird as he believed it was “more respectable”.  Thankfully, supporters of the Bald Eagle won in the end and when George Washington was made our country’s first president in 1789, the Bald Eagle was made the official National Bird.

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