Eagles are found on all continents except Antarctica, however the Bald Eagle is strictly a North American bird. From the tip of Florida to the rugged Alaskan coastline, these majestic creatures inspired early humans; symbolizing power, courage, and freedom. In 1782 the United States adopted the Bald Eagle as its symbol of strength and liberty. Ironically, western technology brought this bird of prey to the brink of extinction with the use of pesticides and habitat destruction. There are now study programs in place to try to understand eagles’ needs, and to insure their survival.