There are more Bald Eagles in Alaska than in any other state. The adult has an unmistikable white head and tail. The Bald Eagle is so named for its conspicuous white head and tail. The Alaska population has been estimated to include 30,000 birds at the time of fledging. Bald Eagles are often found along Alaskaâ€™s coast, offshore islands, and Interior lakes and rivers. They inhabited every large river and concentration of lakes within North America. Before European settlers first sailed to America’s shores, bald eagles may have numbered half a million.
The Bald Eagle was officially declared the National Emblem of the United States by the Second Continental Congress in 1782. It was selected by the U.S.A.’s founding fathers because it is a species unique to North America. Ben Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird, because he thought the eagle was of bad moral character. The Bald Eagle has since become the living symbol of the U.S.A.’s freedoms, spirit and pursuit of excellence.