Our Living National Symbol

Our Living National Symbol (HM1CAH)

Location: Anchorage, AK 99587 Anchorage
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Country: United States of America
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N 60° 49.283', W 148° 59.049'

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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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Eagles will prey on any animal they are capable of overtaking including ducks, gulls, porcupines, foxes and rabbits. The primary tool used to catch and kill prey are its feet. Equipped with needle sharp talons and powerful tendons, the bird is able to get a secure grip on squirming prey. The pressure of this grasp alone is often enough to kill prey. The eagle then uses its sharp curved beak for tearing flesh while eating.

Where Do All the Eagles Go?

Most eagles migrate south for the winter, but some stay in Alaska year around. Visiting eagles frequent the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to scavenge food left by other animals. Adonis can often be heard chittering and vocalizing with nearby wild visitors.

A bald eagle gets its white head feathers when it becomes mature at the age of 4 or 6 years old. By the time a bald eagle reaches adulthood, it's talons may be as long as 1.5-2 inches.

Incredible Rebound

Alaska's Eagle Bounty

In the 1920s not only was it legal to hunt eagles in Alaska, one could actually receive money for it. In an effort to control competition over salmon a controversial program was started by the territorial government and 50 cents was paid for each dead eagle. Government records confirm that more than 120,000 eagles were killed during the bounty; In 1959, the federal government extended "protected" status to eagles in Alaska. Today here are more bald eagles in Alaska than anywhere else in the world.

The Story of Adonis

Adonis arrived in Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in 1995. He was found near a remote village in Alaska and had been shot. His left wing required full amputation. Even though it is illegal to harm an eagle under the Bald Eagle Protection Act, an estimated 2,000-3,000 eagle are shot or poisoned in the United States each year. Since Adonis cannot fly, he has found a permanent home here at AWCC.
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HM NumberHM1CAH
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 3:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)6V E 392094 N 6744524
Decimal Degrees60.82138333, -148.98415000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 60° 49.283', W 148° 59.049'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds60° 49' 16.98" N, 148° 59' 2.94" W
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Area Code(s)907
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2001-2199 Seward Hwy, Anchorage AK 99587, US
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