Alexander, Roe Recognize “American Eagle Day”

Resolution Celebrates “the American Bald Eagle, the National Symbol of the U.S.”

Posted on June 17, 2011

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution authored by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) – sponsored in the House of Representatives by Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tenn. 1) – last week recognizing June 20th as “American Eagle Day.”

“On American Eagle Day we commemorate our national symbol, the bald eagle, and we should reflect on what makes America such a great place to live,” Alexander said. “I’m especially proud as a Tennessean that the American Eagle Foundation, in Pigeon Forge, has played such a leading role in preserving this magnificent bird.”

“This resolution will help protect the American Bald Eagle and preserve our great national symbol,” said Roe. “If it wasn’t for the vigilant conservation efforts of concerned Americans and the enactment of environmental protection laws, the Bald Eagle would probably be extinct. I especially want to thank the American Eagle Foundation, in Pigeon Forge, which has played a leading role in preserving the Bald Eagle.”

In addition to designating June 20th as American Eagle Day and celebrating “the recovery and restoration of the American bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States,” the Alexander resolution (S. Res. 206) encourages educational entities, businesses, conservation groups, government agencies and others to collaborate on information about bald eagles for use in schools.

The measure also highlights the U.S. Mint’s Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program, which has raised approximately $7.8 million for the American Eagle Foundation, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to support efforts to protect the bald eagle.  The eagle coin program was created by legislation introduced in the Senate by Alexander – the American Bald Eagle Recovery and National Emblem Commemorative Coin Act – which was signed into law in December 2004.

The dramatic recovery of the bald eagle population is an endangered species success story and inspirational example for other wildlife conservation efforts around the world. In 1963, the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 States had dropped to about 417.  By 2007, that number had increased to approximately 10,000 nesting pairs, and 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.

The bipartisan resolution has eight cosponsors in the Senate: Inouye, Hoeven, Feinstein, Roberts, Landrieu, Brown, Boxer, and Corker.

The House version of the legislation, sponsored by Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tenn. 1), has not yet passed the House of Representatives.

More information regarding the American Eagle Foundation is available at www.eagles.org.

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