Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Bald Eagle • Born: 2016 • Gender: Female • Disability: Amputated Toes
We are very happy to introduce the newest member of the American Eagle Foundation education team! Welcome our new youngster ‘Penny’ – only a year and a half old (as of August 25, 2017)!
On August 26, 2016, Penny was brought to the AEF from Pennsylvania after being caught in a trap. Having undergoing months of rehabilitation, she has found her home here at AEF.
Unfortunately Penny is missing several toes/talons and would not be able to survive on her own in the wild. She has already made an impression on many of the staff members, and we look forward to many years with her as a great educational ambassador!
ABOUT THIS SPECIES
Bald Eagles were placed at the center of the Great Seal of the United States in 1782! Since then, they have served as the pride of America’s skies and the symbol of all that America stands for.
Bald Eagles obviously aren’t bald! “Bald” in this sense refers to an old English word that means “white headed.” When eagles fledge the nest at 13-weeks of age, they are primarily all brown. An Eagle gets its full white head and tail feathers and yellow beak and eyes at around four to five years of age.
Bald Eagles typically mate for life. They will only look for a new mate if their faithful companion dies. Together, they build huge nests known as “aeries” atop tall and strong trees. They make use of twigs, grasses, soft mosses and feathers in making their nests. They normally go back to the same nest during breeding season and add new materials to it each year. A new eagle pair’s nest measures an about five feet in width and two feet in depth. As they add to it year after year, however, it can reach widths of over ten feet and weigh up to a ton or more.
Learn More About Eagles HERE