Alexander’s Resolution Celebrating June 20 As “American Eagle Day” Passes Senate

Friday, June 16, 2017
Senator Lamar Alexander welcomed Challenger the American Bald Eagle from the American Eagle Foundation of Pigeon Forge to his Washington, D.C., office on April 27
Senator Lamar Alexander welcomed Challenger the American Bald Eagle from the American Eagle Foundation of Pigeon Forge to his Washington, D.C., office on April 27

Senator Lamar Alexander Friday announced that his resolution to designate June 20, 2017 as “American Eagle Day” unanimously passed the Senate.

“American Eagle Day is a day to celebrate the recovery and restoration of our national symbol, the bald eagle,” Senator Alexander said. “I’m also especially proud as a Tennessean that the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge has played such a leading role for more than 30 years in preserving this magnificent bird.”

This is the 10th year the Senate has passed a resolution to designate June 20 as “American Eagle Day,” and Alexander has been the lead sponsor each year.

The bald eagle was officially designated as the national emblem of the United States on June 20, 1782. The Alexander resolution designates June 20, 2017, as “American Eagle Day” and encourages educational entities, businesses, conservation groups, government agencies, and others to collaborate on information about bald eagles for use in schools.

In 1963, the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 states dropped to about 417. By 2007, that number had increased to approximately 10,000 nesting pairs, an increase of approximately 2,500 percent from 40 years ago. Because of this success, the U.S. Department of the Interior officially delisted the bald eagle from both the “endangered” and “threatened” species lists under the Endangered Species Act on June 28, 2007.  Today, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are approximately 72,000 bald eagles in the lower 48 states and 70,000 in Alaska, officials said.



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