American Eagle Federation Information
It is rather challenging (no pun intended) to photograph Moffat with a real bald eagle, so when I came across this beauty in Franklin Square in Philadelphia, I was very excited! Today is National American Eagle Day, a day to remember the importance of one of our national symbols and raise awareness to continue to care for the once close to extinct species. The bald eagle was chosen by our Founding Fathers during the Second Continental Congress on June 20, 1782 to be our national emblem.
Today, the bald eagle represents freedom and democracy. Young learners can study more about bald eagles in the children's book "Challenger" by Margot Theis Raven. Challenger is cared for by the American Eagle Federation that has its headquarters at Dollywood in Tennessee (Dolly is one of my own personal heroes).
Interestingly, in my own hometown of Colorado Springs, our city's founder's home, Glen Eyrie, literally means "Valley of the Eagle." General William Jackson Palmer's "castle" still offers regular tours, tea, overnight stays and retreats while enjoying a glimpse into his history. Below are images from a book that I wrote in partnership with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum on General Palmer. The book can be downloaded free of charge by clicking on the following link.