An Eagle Deserves High Honor
**Bald Eagle Appreciation Days are January 20th-21st. (I’m a few days early – see note at the end.)
From the Native Hope website:
“Each type of feather represents something different. The eagle’s feather, however, is one of the most esteemed. In Native culture, the eagle is considered the strongest and bravest of all birds. For this reason, its feathers symbolize what is highest, bravest, strongest, and holiest. It has strong medicine.”
The American Eagle Foundation is committed to protecting eagles and educating others. Check out their live eagle cams! I used to love watching these in school with my students.
Birds Deserve Respect
Native Hope continues, “United States law recognizes the unique significance of eagle feathers in Native American culture, religion, and tradition. The eagle is a highly protected creature under U.S. law, but special exceptions are made to allow Native Americans to possess, pass down, gift, and acquire eagle feathers within specific conditions.”
The American Eagle Foundation explains the Bald Eagle Protection Act as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. (see their page for the best photo of an eaglet protected by mama!
Do Eagles Migrate?
According to the Bird Fact website, “Many Bald eagles do migrate across the USA, Canada, and some of Central America – they are described as partially migratory. Once a Bald eagle finds a mate and establishes a territory, it needs a good reason to leave.”
More Info about the Migratory Bird Act
Indigenous people value a close relationship with our earth, or Unci Maka (Lakota for Grandmother Earth). As stewards of our earth, we should be mindful to live in reciprocity, respect, and honor here on Turtle Island and around the world.
Birds Spark Curiousity
Why am I posting about Eagles and Herons today? It’s a combination of reasons: the Ultimate Blog Challenge prompt for yesterday and today made me look for a favorite photo. My heron photo popped into my mind. But I didn’t know what to write about. I waited. Today’s prompt had me researching a day in history. I found “Bald Eagle Appreciation Days” for January 20-21st. Close enough! My curiosity helped me find a connection between eagles and herons – Acts of Congress – and learned something new today.
Curiosity makes researching and writing a breeze. And the combination of eagles + herons + protecting eggs sparked two new story ideas! Look for them in my future books.
Keep learning and researching things that make you wonder!