June 18, 2016 |
There's a stuffed bald eagle giving a wild turkey a little side eye at a museum on Independence Mall, a stern look of "Don't make me fly up there. " In the United States of America, the bald eagle is most definitely the boss, the symbol of our nation, even though Benjamin Franklin preferred the gobbler over that snowy-headed raptor. On June 20, 1782, the Second Continental Congress voted to make the bald eagle a national symbol, and 200 years later, President Ronald Reagan deemed June 20 "National Bald Eagle Day. " "Whether silhouetted against the sky on a rocky pinnacle in Alaska or soaring majestically overhead in Florida, the bald eagle is admired as one of nature's most spectacular creatures," Reagan said in a proclamation at the time.
April 11, 2016 |
'I'm not ready to go back," Natalie said quietly to me that morning. For a week, seven friends and I had been canoeing down the Missinaibi and Moose Rivers in Ontario. We were breaking camp for the last time, and our morning routines were more subdued than usual. A storm had come through late the night before and the sky was still overcast and the river choppy. We had miles to paddle before we would reach a lodge in Moose Factory, a remote village near the James Bay. There, we would find hot showers, toilets, electricity, and beds, none of which we had seen in days.
February 1, 2016 |
MAURICETOWN, N.J. - It is perhaps one of the greatest success stories in wildlife conservation - the resurgence of the bald eagle in New Jersey and throughout the United States. And next Saturday, more than 1,000 people are expected to gather at a rural fire hall here and at several outdoor viewing sites to celebrate a species that in 46 years has gone from being on the brink of extirpation to thriving in the Garden State. "It's kind of amazing when you think about how many people will come out for an event that is held in the dead of winter in such a rural location which has a very narrow focus," said Leslie Ficcaglia, chairwoman of the 16th annual Cumberland County Winter Eagle Festival.
April 15, 2015 |
Through the thickening fog at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum on Friday afternoon, park staff caught their first glimpse of the down-covered eaglet born two weeks ago, a reassuring sign that Philadelphia's only resident bald eagles continue to thrive in their unconventional location. Since settling in the city in 2009, the eagles at the Heinz refuge have produced nine confirmed offspring, eight of which have survived to leave the confines of their parents' territory, a 350-acre tidal marsh in the shadow of Philadelphia International Airport.
March 6, 2015 |
YOU MIGHT SAY the spark that ignited Doug Oliver's political ambition came when he was 8 years old, visiting the office of city Managing Director Wilson Goode. Because Oliver's father bugged out before his birth, his mother Terri made it a point to expose him to male leaders. Goode asked Oliver what he wanted to be when he grew up. Like most kids, he says, he wanted to be Superman or a cop. Maybe a fireman. Goode picked up the phone and in walked a cop to talk to the dazzled Doug.
October 6, 2014 |
Widener (5-0, 4-0) remained undefeated with a 44-0 Middle Atlantic Conference blanking of host Misericordia on Saturday. Anthony Davis (Chester) caught eight passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns. West Chester 41, Lock Haven 16 - Quarterback Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns as the Golden Rams (5-0, 4-0 PSAC) downed the visiting Bald Eagles (0-5, 0-4) in a PSAC game. Ursinus 24, Moravian 0 - Nick Pustizzi (Shalick) scored on a 1-yard dive in the first half as the host Bears (5-0, 4-0 Centennial)
February 14, 2014 |
Tyler Ennis hit a 35-footer at the buzzer to help No. 1 Syracuse remain unbeaten with a 58-56 road win over No. 25 Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) remained one of two undefeated teams in Division I along with Wichita State. With 4.4 seconds remaining and the Orange down by 1, Ennis caught the inbounds pass and dribbled up the court before hitting the shot over two defenders. Talib Zanna, who led Pitt (20-5, 8-4) with 16 points and 14 rebounds, had given Pitt a 56-55 lead with 4.4 seconds left after he hit two free throws.
August 16, 2013 |
Wildlife officials keep ticking off milestones in the recovery of the bald eagle. Pennsylvania is poised to upgrade the bird's status, and New Jersey will likely begin a similar process next year. The Pennsylvania Game Commission biologist who heads the eagle program is recommending that the bird be removed from the state's threatened species list. Its recovery has been so "spectacular and widespread" that it "no longer meets the definition of threatened in the state," said Doug Gross.
July 8, 2013 |
Call it a comeback. The Pennsylvania Game Commission reported last week that the state's bald eagle population has reached new heights, with more than 250 active nests. Several nests and birds have been spotted in York County, proving that efforts to restore the endangered species have been successful, said Karen Lippy, president of the Codorus Bird Club. "Any time you see one flying is exciting. It never gets boring. They're a national symbol," she said. About 30 years ago, the national symbol's future in Pennsylvania seemed nonexistent.
November 24, 2012 |
OAKWOOD, Md. - With its intimidating powerhouse and forbidding arsenal of steel, concrete, and cables, the Conowingo Dam isn't on anyone's list of natural attractions. But right now, it is one of the most attractive venues in the country for the once-endangered American bald eagle. On their way south, the majestic birds with their distinctive white heads and tails are congregating at the dam, about 10 miles south of the Pennsylvania border along the Susquehanna River, where they will spend the next few months.