At USA Services, as our name implies, we take great pride in our country and all the things that make it great. Over the years we’ve come to adopt the American Bald Eagle as our company symbol just as it is the national bird and symbol of freedom. The most recent example of this is one we are very proud of – our brand new Street Sweeper wrap featuring the Bald Eagle descending on its prey beneath the water.
To commemorate this latest edition to our fleet we thought we’d share some facts on the Eagle.
• Something not widely known is that Florida contains the second largest population of Bald Eagles in the United States, trailing only Alaska.
• On June 20, 1782, the Continental Congress adopted the still-current design for the Great Seal of the United States including a bald eagle grasping 13 arrows and a 13-leaf olive branch with its talons
• Bald Eagles were once an endangered species but conservation efforts worked well enough to allow it to be removed from the endangered list in 1995.
• The Bald Eagle’s average wingspan is between 6 and 7.5 feet
• It builds the largest tree nest of any animal species – 13ft deep and 8ft wide
• At an altitude of 10,000 ft. the eagle soars higher than any other bird yet can dive at speeds reaching 100mph and swiftly land on the ground.
• An eagle’s vision is so fine it can spot another eagle flying 50 miles away.
• When all other birds are flying away from a storm in fear, the eagle spreads its mighty wings and uses the storm’s current to soar to greater heights.
• Around the age of 30 the eagle deteriorates physically making it difficult to survive. Rather than give up though, the eagle retreats to mountaintop where it goes through a 5 month metamorphosis. It knocks off its own beak by beating it against a rock and pulls out its talons and feathers. The eagle’s body then regenerates these parts of its body allowing it to live another 30-40 years. Talk about never giving up!
• Eagles are tenacious, willing to attack creatures much larger and stronger than it in order to protect its home and family. Eagles have been known to attack large goats that have gotten close to their nest by pushing them so hard that they fall off a cliff.
This video gives you an amazing “birds-eye view” of what it’s like to soar like an eagle.