The bald eagle — the brave, strong and inspiring animal symbol of our nation — is the only eagle unique to North America. They can be found circling in the skies and perched in the trees along waterways of Northern New Mexico, down to northern Mexico and up to Canada.
The life expectancy of a bald eagle is up to an impressive 50 years.
If you’re out in the wilds, you may not know you’re hearing an eagle’s call as it is a rather passive cry for such a large, grand bird. When near their nests, bald eagles emit a squeaky alarm call and a similar sound typically synchronized with a vertical head toss. They also call while in flight. The “screaming” often mistakingly associated with the bald eagle is actually that of the red-tailed hawk, another common bird that makes Northern New Mexico its home.
Among many Pueblo tribes, according to native-languages.org, “bald eagles are considered one of the six directional guardians, associated with the upward direction, spirituality and balance. In the mythology of some tribes, Eagle plays a leadership role either as king of the birds or as a chief who humans interact with. In other legends, Eagle serves as a messenger between humans and the Creator.”
— Scott Gerdes