What is the significance of the Bald Eagle? and explain it

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The national significance of the bald eagle has already been noted.  Another interesting aspect regarding the bald eagle was evident starting from the 1930s.  With the population of the bald eagle beginning to dwindle, people began to start probing as to why this was the case.  The increased use of pesticides such as DDT helped to minimize the presence of the species. The irony of the episode could not be lost.  The symbol of American heritage and pride was starting to become extinct due to notable signs of economic progress, another symbol of America.  The collision between both notions of the good- symbolic representation and material proliferation- was present to such a strong degree that the bald eagle was placed on the endangered species list and removed in 2007.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Bald Eagle is the national symbol of the United States of America.  I suppose that that is what you would say its significance is.

The reason it is our national symbol is basically because of the way it looks.  The eagle looks very majestic (strong and brave) as it flies.  I am lucky enough to live in a place where we see bald eagles every winter and spring and I can tell you that they look amazing.  They also look very fierce.  Finally, they are free -- we have the phrase "free as a bird" and eagles are just that.

We Americans feel that we have all of these attributes -- or at least our country does.  The US is supposed to be fierce and majestic.  It and we are supposed to be free.  Therefore, the eagle has become our national symbol.

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