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Old 10-14-2013, 08:19 PM   #16
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Yes the bald eagle is the symbol of the USA. However, the species was put on the endangered list until 1995 when it was moved to threatened where it stayed until 2007. Now it's recovered and coming back and there's a nice population in Florida.

OP - your husband was more than likely wrong about what you saw.

For everyone - see Flights of Wonder at Animal Kingdom. Hope, the featured bald eagle, never fails to get gasps from the audience.
I had no idea Bald Eagles were endangered in the US. Thank you for clarifying. If I could figure out how to share, I'd upload the pic I have of 6 Baldies and a few Golden Eagles hanging out around a dead deer.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:38 PM   #17
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I wasn't trying to sound like an idiot. =\ I literally have never seen a bald eagle outside a zoo. We have plenty of hawks around but no bald eagles!
I didn't think you sound like an idiot. We saw the bald eagle as we were approaching the DS entrance in May. We had never seen one flying free either & were so impressed. Had hoped to see it again in Sept but didn't.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:44 PM   #18
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I have seen one at EPCOT as well.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:52 PM   #19
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We saw one at Crescent Lake (Boardwalk area) back in 2004.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:05 AM   #20
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I spotted one very high up in the clouds two weeks ago over DTD. On a separate trip a couple of years ago we spotted a group of 6 bald eagles circling across the street from Wal Mart on SR 535. They are definitely in the area.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:19 AM   #21
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We have seen several over the past few years. Last year there was one circling over the castle at MK - absolutely beautiful! DH and I always notice the details and we are amazed at how many people just miss things like this - they are so absorbed in their own worlds that they miss the most beautiful things if they took a moment to breathe and look around.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:27 AM   #22
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I wasn't trying to sound like an idiot. =\ I literally have never seen a bald eagle outside a zoo. We have plenty of hawks around but no bald eagles!
I hadn't either and last October I saw one while in DTD. Luckily DH saw it too but our oldest DD was kind of like What's the big deal. I guess I was overly excited for her taste
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:57 AM   #23
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I've seen them in Florida so it doesn't seem unlikely you would see one in Disney.
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Never gets old-hope we see some down there. MN has a lot now.

We have over 50 every fall in front of our house-its the last spot to freeze, and is sadly coming up soon.









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Never gets old-hope we see some down there. MN has a lot now.

We have over 50 every fall in front of our house-its the last spot to freeze, and is sadly coming up soon.
That is awesome (the eagle pics, not the upcoming freeze). Our neighbor spotted one in a tree on our street last week, so I'm keeping an eye out for that one (we live in E.P.). We're fairly new to MN, so I didn't realize that they were fairly common here.

To the Canadian in the post...I think most Americans are excited to spot a Bald Eagle in the wild because while they are the national bird, they were on the endangered list for so long and really were so rare until very recently. It wasn't until the last couple of years that it seems like sitings in the wild really picked up. Before that, you really only saw them in zoos in most parts of America. I was in my mid-30s before I spotted one in the wild, and I nearly drove off the road because I got so excited about it!
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That is awesome (the eagle pics, not the upcoming freeze). Our neighbor spotted one in a tree on our street last week, so I'm keeping an eye out for that one (we live in E.P.). We're fairly new to MN, so I didn't realize that they were fairly common here.

To the Canadian in the post...I think most Americans are excited to spot a Bald Eagle in the wild because while they are the national bird, they were on the endangered list for so long and really were so rare until very recently. It wasn't until the last couple of years that it seems like sitings in the wild really picked up. Before that, you really only saw them in zoos in most parts of America. I was in my mid-30s before I spotted one in the wild, and I nearly drove off the road because I got so excited about it!
And the main reason the eagles are back is because the humans figured out one of the reasons for the decline (a pesticide called DDT which harms other wildlife but eagles especially) and regulated the use of that substance.

So yes, we are excited about finally seeing our national symbol coming back strong in our lifetime. And that they will be there for our kids and grandkids.
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And the main reason the eagles are back is because the humans figured out one of the reasons for the decline (a pesticide called DDT which harms other wildlife but eagles especially) and regulated the use of that substance.
Way OT, but not true.

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Never gets old-hope we see some down there. MN has a lot now.

We have over 50 every fall in front of our house-its the last spot to freeze, and is sadly coming up soon.
Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:05 AM   #29
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I wasn't trying to sound like an idiot. =\ I literally have never seen a bald eagle outside a zoo. We have plenty of hawks around but no bald eagles!
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Never gets old-hope we see some down there. MN has a lot now.

We have over 50 every fall in front of our house-its the last spot to freeze, and is sadly coming up soon.

I live in a fairly small town here in Texas and we have some bald eagles here too, (no where near 50, but some). I live on a corner lot and just to the left of me, across the road is a huge field with alot of trees, then about a block behind me is about 100 acres that has alot of woods and a lake, so they have plenty of food and nesting supplies. I work night shift and due to it staying dark so much later in the mornings, I usually see one or sometimes two bald eagles every morning as I pull in my driveway, across the road from my house, just sitting in the trees (just like the one you posted just above). They always make me smile. There are also alot of oppossums, armadillos, mice, squirrels, foxes, snakes, baby coyotes, and other wild birds, plus fish in the lake, so the ones I see are plump and well fed, just like the one in the last picture you posted. lol Even with a fenced in yard, I never let my small dog out after dark, because I'm afraid some wildlife might get her. Last year my neighbor bought his wife a tiny Dachshund puppy about 6 weeks old. They let it out one evening into their fenced in back yard and 30 minutes later couldn't find her. He swears one of the bald eagles or a hawk got her.

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Old 10-16-2013, 11:12 AM   #30
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The bald eagle is a member of the sea and fish eagle group.

Plenty of water in Florida.
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