By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter
Flying high in Montana’s big sky are various species of eagles and hawks. One day out of the year is commemorated to save them from extinction.
Save the Eagles Day is commemorated on Jan. 10 every year. Eagles once faced extinction in the later part of Twentieth Century and were placed on the endangered list.
The two main factors that led to the recovery of the bald eagle were the banning of the pesticide DDT and habitat protection afforded by the Endangered Species Act for nesting sites and important feeding and roost sites.
In August 2007, the national bird of the United States, the Bald Eagle, was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife list.
To ensure that eagles continue to thrive, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked with state wildlife agencies to monitor eagles. If bald eagles should need protection of the Endangered Species Act, the Service can propose relisting the species.
Throughout history, the eagle has been recognized as a symbol of power, courage, freedom and immorality. They have a long life, great strength and are very majestic in appearance, and for this reason, the United States chose the bald eagle as its emblem.
It is believed in some religions that a high-soaring eagle touches the face of God.
The eagle is also found in religions including Christianity and Hinduism. It is considered as a sacred bird in some cultures, and eagle feathers are used in many spiritual customs.
Some Native American tribes consider eagle feathers as sacred, the feathers and parts of bald eagle and golden eagles are important to their culture.
To honor Save the Eagles Day, donations can be made to a wildlife sanctuary in the interest of preserving the eagles.
Also, planting trees and maintaining them in our own yards or local parks make places for eagles to alight.
In some areas, high man-made nesting platforms have been built near power lines in an effort to provide safe havens for the eagles to nest.
Editor’s Note: This information was taken in part from altiusdirectory.com/Society/save-the-eagles-day.html. For more information you can go to this website: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/protect/laws.html