This is a presentation about
the most spiritual animal of
all cultures, the eagle.
By: Terri LeGault
The Spirituality of Eagles
Eagles are spiritual creatures known by everyone.
The Aztecs believe that there is a link between eagles
and the sun. They say that during the creation of the
world the eagle and the jaguar fought over who would
have the honor of becoming the sun. In the end the
eagle settled it and flung himself into the fire and
became the sun. The jaguar ended up becoming the
Spirituality of Eagles
Another myth about the eagle that has been around for
centuries was that the eagle was the sole animal who could
look into the sun. It is thought that when the eagle becomes
old that they go to the sun and singe their wings and evaporate
the fog from their eyes. Then he dips himself three times into
the fountain and becomes renewed and young again.
The Christians adopted this symbolism. They compared the
eagle looking into the sun to Christ looking at His Father, and
the renewal of the eagle's youth through its plunge into the
fountain to the renewal of the soul through baptism. Even
today, an eagle may be spied on the baptismal fonts in some
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Our National Emblem
Since 1782 the bald eagle has been the national bird
of the United States.
The bald eagle was chosen to be our national bird
because it is seen as a symbol of strength, courage,
freedom and immorality.
Benjamin Franklin was an opponent to the bald eagle
being the national emblem. He wished for the turkey
to be it instead, but obviously nobody else felt the
same way as he did.
Another reason why the eagle is our national bird is
because it is only found in the North America.
Our National Emblem
The bald eagle appears on the president’s flag, the
mace of the House of Representatives, institutions and
building, documents, dollar bills, coins, etc. This makes
it the most pictured bird in America.
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Description of a Bald Eagle
All eagles have rounded, broad wings and they
have a 80 inch wingspan. They weigh about 10-
Immature eagles do not look like regular adult
eagles. They have a dark beak and a dark brown
body, including their head and tail.
Adult eagles had a yellow beak and a white head
Immature eagles take about 4-5 years to become
Female eagles are usually slightly larger than the
male eagles. They are about 35-37 inches in
Male eagles are about 30-34 inches in length.
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An Endangered Species
In 1782, as many as 100,000 nesting bald eagles lived in
the continental United States, excluding Alaska. By 1963,
only 417 nesting pairs were found in the lower 48 states.
Now there are 5,748 nesting pairs in the United States.
Which is a great improvement.
On the eve of Independence Day weekend, President
Clinton marked the culmination of a three-decade effort to
protect and recover this majestic bird by announcing a
proposal to remove it from the list of threatened and
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A picture to print off for the class to color.
A quiz for the class to work on about the eagle.
Here are the answers to the quiz.