Posted on June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2018 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on a resolution he introduced to designate today, June 20, 2018, as “American Eagle Day”:
“American Eagle Day is a day to celebrate the dramatic recovery and restoration of our national symbol, the bald eagle. As a Tennessean, I am especially proud of the role the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge has played for more than thirty years in preserving this magnificent bird.”
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 11,000 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.
The Alexander resolution designates June 20, 2018, 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. The measures also highlighted the U.S. Mint’s Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program, which raised approximately $7.8 million for the American Eagle Foundation, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to support efforts to protect the bald eagle. This resolution has been introduced and unanimously passed ten times in the Senate.
More information regarding the American Eagle Foundation is available at www.eagles.org.