Since it’s just one day after Independence Day, this week on Wildlife Wednesday we are featuring the National Bird and the namesake of our town: Bald Eagle!
The city’s name was derived from the abundance of eagles nesting along the river. It is believed that a Bethuel Draper and “Dutch Pete” Cramer camped in the area in 1853 and were responsible for naming Eagle River.
It’s nearly impossible to come to Eagle River and not see a Bald Eagle soaring around the area. We can point out a few locations of where you can see Eagle’s nests. Did you know that Eagle’s Nests are called Eyries!?
The photo above was actually taken by one of our guests – Tom Decker. He was enjoying a campfire when he saw this majestic eagle getting his dinner!
Here are some facts about Eagles that you may not know:
- Bald eagles can reach great heights when flying. Using thermal convention currents, they can climb to up to 3000 m (10,000 ft.) in the air. They can soar for hours using these currents. When cruising, they can fly about 65 km/hr (40 mph).
- A mating pair produces up to three eggs a year, though it is not likely that all three will survive. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs. While one is incubating, the other searches for food or more nesting materials.
- Babies, called eaglets, are born light gray then turn brown. When they are four to five years old, they develop their normal white heads and tails. In the wild, they can live to be 35 years old or more.