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Cumberland River Eagles

The bald eagle is often described as the most majestic of all birds. With a wingspan sometimes stretching to eight feet, it swoops and soars over the skies of North America. Once close to extinction, the bald eagle population has grown dramatically due to federal protection and preservation efforts. That’s a big reason why those of us in Tennessee can now see these birds year round. As Wild Side Guide Annette Nole Hall explains, our state is a bit like a room with a view.

The only eagle confined to North America, the Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782. It was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States on June 28, 2007. Immature bald eagles have a mixture of brown and white feathers and don’t get their solid white head and tail feathers until they are about 5 years old. Their natural range covers most of North America, including all of the continental United States.

Special thanks to Captain Jim Steele of Blue Heron Cruises for taking us out on the river to see these amazing birds!

From show 2410