March is for the Birds here at Rocky Mountain Home Decor. To continue our celebration of these beautiful creatures, we’ll take a closer look at the bald eagle, our national bird. Here are just a few facts for you to ponder:
- The bald eagle actually isn’t bald at all! Its head is covered in beautiful snowy-white feathers. In this case, the word “bald” derives from the word “piebald,” which, according to Merriam-Webster, means “of different colors; especially : spotted or blotched with black and white.” So the “bald” in “bald eagle” actually refers to the contrast between the white head and dark body.
- One of our Founding Fathers wasn’t too found of the choice of bald eagle as a national symbol. Benjamin Franklin wrote that it “is a Bird of bad moral Character” and “a rank Coward.” Harsh! He was, however, pleased that the eagle on the Great Seal resembled a turkey, stating, “…the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America.”
- At one time, the bald eagle was in serious danger of extinction. In 1963, there were only 417 nesting pairs due to “habitat destruction and degradation, illegal shooting, and the contamination of its food source.” However, due to conservation efforts, that number rose to 10,000 pairs by 2007. That same year, the birds were taken off the endangered species list.
We offer a variety of products featuring our nation’s favorite bird. This eagle weather mane is the perfect accent to any home. We also have several prints to choose from, showcasing these creatures in their natural habitat. This wall sconce is a perfect way to bring a little piece of the great outdoors into your home. Whatever you’re looking for, we are happy to assist you. As always, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.