Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Bald eagles are found in North America from Alaska to Florida. They are the national bird of the United States. They always live near water such as a large lake, reservoir, or the coast. Their diet primarily consists of fish that is scooped from the water. They also occasionally eat small mammals, birds and carrion. They are unusual among birds of prey in that they are very social. They are vocal and communicate with each other with various “contact calls.”
During breeding season, they form monogamous pairs that may last for life. The young do not get their full adult plumage (white head and tail) until their fourth year. Adult bald eagles can weigh anywhere from 7 to 13 ½ pounds with a 6 to 7 ½ foot wingspan. Bald eagles live up to 20 years in the wild and may live into their early 40s in captivity. Formally an endangered species primarily due to DDT, they were taken off the national endangered species list in 2007.
Lindsay’s Bald Eagle Atsá, came from World Bird Sanctuary in December of 2016 when she was 13 years-old. She has been an animal ambassador her entire life after she was found with an injured right wing, in the bottom of a ravine in Hayward, Wisconsin in 2003. According to medical records, a windstorm destroyed the nest two weeks before the young eagle was found by rescuers. At the time, it was evident the adult eagles were dropping food to the fledgling in the ravine, but her right wing was likely broken in the fall that happened weeks earlier, making her unable to fly. Due to the narrow ravine and the delay in finding her, the wing healed improperly, so she could not be released back into the wild.
Now she is able to be an ambassador for her species, allowing Lindsay to spread the word about the importance of wildlife rehabilitation, eagle population trends, threats to these majestic birds and Lindsay’s commitment to conservation. Her name Atsá, means eagle in Navajo.