Eagle as a Totem Animal
Of all the winged animals, Eagle flies the highest and sees the farthest. As a totem animal, Eagle is a messenger between humans and Great Spirit, and can be considered the equivalent of the Holy Ghost in Christianity. Eagle brings Great Spirit into substance and is the carrier of enlightenment, motivation, and illumination. Eagle is also the teacher of Individual Autonomy, Free Will, and Freedom.
Emblem of the United States
The Bald Eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength, and majestic looks, and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent.
Bald Eagle Facts
In the wild, a bald eagle will live 30-35 years (up to 50 years in captivity). A full-grown bald eagle has a wingspan up to 7 feet. They can fly up to 30 miles an hour and dive at 100 miles an hour! Eagles feed primarily on fish, supplemented by small mammals, waterfowl, and carrion.
Eagles mate for life, and an established pair will use the same nest for many years. Over time some nests become enormous; they can reach a diameter of 9 feet and weigh as much as 2 tons! The female lays 2 or 3 eggs and both parents share incubation and guard them diligently against predators (such as squirrels, gulls and ravens). While the chicks are small, the parents move about the nest with their talons balled up into fists to avoid harming them.