OK, who’s doing PR for the Bald Eagles these days?

Because, OBVY, the day the Bald Eagle got taken off the Endangered Species list should have been on JULY 4!



Regahdless, Mr. Bald Eagle, Sir, we offer you (and your impressive nostrils) a plate of varmints as thanks.

Photo by the incredible Greg Downing.



  1. Cassandra says:

    Oh wow, how did the photographer get close enough to Mr. B Eagle to take this photo? Talk about eagle eye! If he looked at me like this, I would be offering him a plate of varmints on a 10 foot pole.

  2. woohoo! =D

  3. Ne peck pas, Monsieur Éagle! [hides in corner]

  4. Excellent point, Meg

  5. wow.
    his eyes are really intense.
    i wish i could get eyes that color

  6. punkpie says:

    Very good point Meg! This is why you are zee successful business owner, and I am not. LOL!

  7. I’m happy that the eagle populations are doing better these days, but I think the plate of varmints would probably be more cuddly than Mr. Eagle here. I know an eagle has got to eat, but my sympathies are with the varmints.

  8. leah b. says:

    I would rather offer this beauty a platter of the finest Alaskan salmon he/she desevers an break from varmints…

    but then again thats the Eskimo talking in me

  9. There was a poster like this once–It read “I *am* smiling!” I ROFL’ed
    Noble animal, truly (points to username)

  10. This is probably an eagle from a captive breeding program, who’s used to having humans around, possibly doing raptor shows at schools and zoos.

  11. cute underload for me, sorry. 😛

  12. Martha in Washington says:

    Eagles are SOOO amazing!! I’m lucky enough to live where they are pretty plentiful and I get to see them fairly regularly, especially in the spring. The first time I saw one soaring overhead I cried. And even though it has been 13 years I still feel so lucky when I see one. Sometimes I even see them perched in trees near my own backyard! WOW, just WOW!!!

  13. How gorgeous. That gaze could shatter glass.

  14. We’ve had beagles and eagles this week. To celebrate, I will disappear into the CO kitchen and stir up some treacle puddin.

  15. Whoever does the writing here has the most annoying sense of humor on the internet.

    Cut it out.

  16. Is that a hint of a smile I see???

  17. Juniper Jupiter says:

    Cue Sam the Eagle from the Muppet Show!

    He would be proud!

    And I’m doin’ the happy dance for the eagles! Now if only we can get these stupid “reality” shows to become endangered…or even better….EXTINCT….MUWHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

    Sorry, folx! Couldn’t resist! Go, Eagles!

  18. lymerae says:

    Lol. Did you just get here or something? If it’s annoying you, no one’s making you stay. Don’t let the door hit you 🙂

  19. Woods Walker says:

    Bald Eagles are a fishing eagle. Furry creatures are not part of their diet. The German word for eagle by the way is adler.-Woods Walker

  20. eagles are awesome, so get rid of that frown!

  21. Blossom says:

    Not exasctly cute but certainly magnificent.

  22. Blossom says:

    I can spell – I just wasn’t paying attention!

  23. really beautiful yellow and white and ….. impressive nostrils

  24. It may be “cute underload” for some but can you say “BREATHTAKINGLY MAGNIFICENT” !!!!


  25. acelightning says:

    Wow. It’s easy to see why many Native American peoples considered them the holiest of all creatures…

  26. i believe i see some redonk cute goin’ on at the end of that beak….little hairies comin’ off it!!

    eyes=laserbeam intense
    beak=cute fuzzywuzzies


  27. stephen colbert will be so happy!

    [I was thinking that too… WHEN is he going to cave, and get Meg on the show? – Ed.]

  28. I always think Eagles look like they are watching out for us. (With their eagle eye) Of course they’re really just lookin’ for some food I’m sure 😉 – but they are still magnificent creatures!

  29. Stunning and noble. Just a beautiful sight.

  30. ThreeCatNight says:

    They never fail to impress me; regal and magnificent, and long may they fly.

  31. Congratulations Mr. Eagle on your recovery!! You are one lervely birdie. Keep up the good work!

  32. Tracyflick says:

    This guy at my work got Lasik and now we call him eagle eye. But baldy still beats him I bet.

  33. michelle w. says:

    when the zoo i work at took our bald eagle “Lady” into out of the exhibit for her retirement, i realized it was the same day bald eagles were removed from the endangered list!
    i was happy they weren’t endangered at first, but really i think they should have remained protected… why not??

  34. luvinmalssomuch says:

    WOW! Awesome closeup. I Salute You Sir.

  35. Hey, It’s my school’s mascot.

    only prettifuller. Not some guy in a suit.


  36. Spectacular and amazing bird. I’ve only ever seen one in the wild, but hope to see more.

    Martha in Washington: You are lucky!

    Just wish they’d leave them protected. Makes me a bit nervous that they’re not.

  37. does this mean they can be hunted?
    or are they still protected, just not endangered. does anyone know?

  38. I love the internets! I googled eagles protected and came up with this…BALD EAGLE PROTECTION ACT
    16 U.S.C. §§ 668-668d, June 8, 1940, as amended 1959, 1962, 1972, and 1978.
    Overview. The Act prohibits the taking or possession of and commerce in bald and golden eagles, with limited exceptions. But wait there’s more!… The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), our national bird, is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle’s scientific name signifies a sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with a white (leukos) head. At one time, the word “bald” meant “white,” not hairless. Bald eagles are found over most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. About half of the world’s 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska!! Know you know!!!

  39. If they announced on July 4, they would be competing for media coverage with the iphone. Can’t have that!

  40. great news for our eagle friends, i heard it last night on the news!

    I have seen a rescued bald eagle up close at this place:


    I’m giving them a plug becuase I fell strongly about what they do there!

    The eagle they had (or have, not sure if he’s still there) was from the alaskan oil spill and have to have a wing amputated. he looked pissed off…who could blame him?

  41. Ha! Bald eagles have the most wicked yeemage.

    Graet pic!

  42. Jessica says:

    He wants to eat my face!

  43. I think that’s more of a Cute Overlord than overload. Noble, yet a bit terrifying.

  44. DumBunny says:

    FYI it is, to my understanding a federal crime, punishable by long jail time, to harm a bald eagle.

  45. Bunnygirl says:

    Bald eagles, raptors and migratory birds are protected by other laws.

  46. I love that there is a Floofalarious Chicken and a Starezilla Eagle posted side by side!

  47. *guards the “pocket pets” section* No one’s getting near THESE vermints! :O

  48. The eagle is still protected! I hope, but wouldn’t that be just like us, to take them off the endangered list and then have to put them back on?

    He’s beautiful.

  49. We have Bald Eagles here too. Right out my office window, and around home. Went to a bird rescue/rehab center last week where there was one being regally and royally spoiled rotten.

  50. first of all, HI OTHER ME!

    we are blair, and we are taking over

    and second, would you get a load of the can-opener slash carpet knife on that clucker!

    i don’t want to be around when the “playful biting” phase of an eaglet’s puppyhood shows up

  51. B. Modern says:

    Obviously, it is the eagaliciously obsessed redonk STEPHEN COLBERT effectively PR-ing the eagle into it’s current celebrity status.

  52. Scree!

    All eagles say “scree.”

    It is eaglespeak for “Behold, I am majestic and live on cliffs, etcetera!”

  53. I guess hugging him would be out of the question. HHMM

    they are my favoprite species of bird, and i’m lucky enough to live in a place where i dont have to drive far to observe them in the wild.

  54. Bridestein says:

    What you guys don’t seem to realize is that de-listing the bald eagle means there is no longer any protection for his habitat so now the developers will be able to go ahead and build on all that land. Isn’t that great! You can look forward to lots more de-listings of endangered species coming soon.

  55. Even though the Bald Eagle has been “de-listed” it is still protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

  56. The iPhone is today, Noelle. Guess Sam can handle the competition after all!

  57. I just saw one of these guys flying over the Fraser River a couple o’ days ago. You can see hundreds of them in the fall here – they come to eat all the salmon who’ve come upstream and died after spawning. It’s pretty amazing to see.

    I agree with some of the others here…hardly cute…lol. The plate of varmints would be much cuter.

  58. This Eagles’ got the Tony Soprano stare down pat.

  59. What a gorgeous creature!

  60. Suda Nim says:

    Stanley, do you know how brave you are?

  61. Furbabies says:

    Regal, majestic and a fitting symbol of recovery from the brink of extinction. Bravo.

  62. Shannon Johnson says:

    OMG!!! I have never seen a bald eagle up close like that before. That is so cool.

  63. Tony James says:

    “C’mon, kids – I’m not having you stay here watching the tennis if there are bald eagles around..”

  64. R. Moore says:

    Hey guy! Know how when you hear the awesome, beautiful call of the eagle in movies, and see it swoop across the screen? Totally fake. That’s a red-tailed hawk call. These guys actually screech. A lot. I’ve worked for the past four years at a wildlife center that has one. Ours is missing a wing and originally came from Montana. Sadly, being around one so much means I don’t really get excited to see one.

  65. R. Moore says:

    Also, they really like trout.

  66. Cassandra says:

    Hey Shaz, are you talking about the Fraser River in central BC? Cause I’m from there and have seen all those eagles flying around to take the salmon. Actually, where I’m from, it’s pretty typical to have eagles dropping fish left right and centre (on your car, in your driveway, on your neighbours cat). It’s pretty cool.

  67. fish eye no miko says:

    Aubrey said: “We’ve had beagles and eagles this week. To celebrate, I will disappear into the CO kitchen and stir up some treacle puddin.”

    Someone could submit a picture of sea gulls… ^_^

  68. fish eye no miko says:

    Cassandra said: “Actually, where I’m from, it’s pretty typical to have eagles dropping fish left right and centre ([…], on your neighbours cat). It’s pretty cool.”

    Neighbor’s cat: “O_O There IS a god!”

  69. pat_the_bunny says:

    Don’t let him catch a glimpse of Lil Lucy (one post down the page)!!

  70. book_monstercats says:

    Treacle pudding for me, me, me Aubrey. What a noble creature (M’seur Eegal that is). Come to think of it, anybody who makes me treacle pudding is noble too, just in a different way.

  71. Aquila–when I taught, I had that poster in my classroom. The students either loved it or didn’t pay attention.

  72. danceswithcrows says:

    Yay for eagles! Very cool-looking critters, though I’ve heard they’re cursed with chronic bad breath.

    Not much to add, although last year I took a picture of a humpback whale and there was a bald eagle in the top left of the frame. Too bad the picture was lousy….

  73. after watching a babeh eagle from hatching to fledging via ‘eagle cam’, you can’t help but fall in love with and have respect for them. http://chil.vcoe.org/eagle_cam.htm

  74. alaskannative says:

    “the spirit of the eagle is with us today” heehee.

  75. I love BALD EAGLES! Seriously check out the people at this refuge, they have had babies born and care for so many creatures in need

  76. Did you know that eagles were de-listed because some Minnesota guy sued because he wanted to build log cabins on his land where the eagles were nesting? Its really sad. 😦

  77. AuntieMame says:

    I’ll bet the cats are happy about the fish falling from the sky. 🙂

    Shawna, they wouldn’t delist the entire species across the entire country just because one guy wants to build a lot cabin on an eagle nesting spot. They MIGHT give him an exemption. Or they might try to relocate the eagles. I rather think, however, that they’re more likely to tell him exactly where he can build his log cabins. (Hint: the sun don’t shine there.)

  78. Another Angela says:

    The eagles will remain protected and they are very high profile, so it is unlikely they will become endangered again. They became endangered the first time primarily because of DDT and eggshell thinning, so we must take care not to let DDT ever back on the market (it is still used in other countries). It is important to take species off of the endangered list when they recover or else the Endangered Species Act becomes an even bigger target of Republicans and developers.
    Like Martha in WA, I see them from my yard.

  79. Tina Rhea says:

    “I’ll bet the cats are happy about the fish falling from the sky. :)”

    Depends on the size of the fish and where it lands. Not many cats would be happy about a direct hit by a huge salmon from high overhead. Even a near-miss would result in a shocked yowl and a cat with a really huge tail running for cover. Once they came back out to investigate, they’d probably enjoy it.

    Okay, I’m kind of thinking about the attempt to blow up a dead beached whale…. (Here’s one version of the video:

  80. Shawna, that’s a little simplistic – as I learned from reading the article you linked to, the fish & wildlife folks had already proposed delisting bald eagles, and he just sued to get them to follow through. You can disagree with their proposal, but he was just getting them to do what they said they were going to. The fact that he’s a developer – well, that just happens to be the people whose business is most affected by the Endangered Species Act, so it makes sense that a developer would bring suit. I’m inclined to agree with Another Angela that if you never de-list *anything* that just makes the ESA a bigger target for its opponents.

  81. Rachael says:

    not cute. No rules of cuteness met here. While it is nice that bald eagles are no longer on the endangered species list, this is not really an animal advocate blog. If it were, any pictures of puppies and kittens would be followed with a spay/neuter reminder.

  82. I’m just saying, they should delist stuff because its actually not endangered anymore, not because people are pissed because they want to build stuff. And his remark about how he pays taxes and eagles don’t? That just sounds so greedy and ignorant. 😡

  83. Shawna – Thanks for your concern. That taxpayers’ comments were not among the real reasons for delisting the Bald Eagle. It’s a much bigger process than that.

    Another Angela – You got it.

    Rachael – I like your name. Ever Google Rachel Carson?

  84. I didn’t say that comment was why they took the eagle off the endangered species list. If you’re don’t know what you’re talking about, you should keep your mouth shut, pyrit.

  85. Shawna – It’s cool. Really. My thanks were sincere. I do keep my mouth shut when I don’t know what I’m talking about.

  86. Ha! What a redundant statement! How can shut up while talking about what I don’t know what I’m talking about? Ehn! 😉

  87. Indeed! Quite the conundrum! Yeah, sorry for being kind of snarky… I’m just none-too-impressed with the eagles being delisted despite their being fewer than 10k of them. That’s a good recovery, but still not that many. :/

  88. That is a wonderful point about the eagle being taken off the endangered species list on the 4th. Wouldn’t that have been a great tribute? I think more people would have been aware of this positive story if it would have been done that way.

  89. I am not even remotely American, but I agree. What a better way to celebrate?

    As cliched as it may sound, protecting the environment and the wildlife is the greatest gift we can give to the generations come.

  90. Oh my gosh I got to see one soaring over a lake here in California on our camping trip last year. IT was magnificent and beautiful and it took my breath away.

  91. good point! what beautiful a animal the bald eagle is.

  92. Juniper says:

    They do eat furry creatures! Especially wild bunnies. I recently went through a short hunting phase, trying to be the “pioneer woman” and learn to hunt and butcher my family’s food. Once, right after shooting, an eagle swept down and took my dinner away! Pretty cool, actually. Sorry about the hunting story, folks. I don’t do it anymore. But at the time, it seemed better than taking part in America’s slaughterhouse culture.
    The eagles sit together in our tall Douglas Fir tree, and say,”Eee Eee Eee, Eee Eee Eee, Eee Eee Eee, Wicca Wicca Wicca!” Their nest is at the farm next to mine. Once I saw them mating, actually falling through the sky with their wings making a whistling sound. I was stunned, (as they were, after hitting the ground!); it was a total spiritual experience to watch!

  93. impressive nostrils, indeed, but eagles don’t have a sense of smell.

  94. Brak_Silverbone says:

    Such a handsome fellow!

    Does anybody know why their beaks are such a brilliant shade of yellow? Is there a reason for it, or is it just Ma Nature having fun with the Crayolas again? :3

  95. I read a story (can’t remember where now, sorry) saying that naturalists are surprised at how well bald eagles are doing in suburban (and even light urban) areas. When I lived in the Seattle area, I used to see bald eagles while driving across the 520 bridge all the time. Development might not be as big a threat as we think…

  96. A few years ago I was walking dogs on the banks of the Miss. River when a bald eagle flew in front of me. It was about 6 ft. higher than my head and about 15 feet in front of my face. Talk about a shocker. I also saw one as road-kill, very recently hit. It’s been a few years and I still wonder how a bald eagle came to be road-kill…

  97. Jessica says:

    “Ne peck pas, Monsieur Éagle! [hides in corner]”

    Meg, this is what keeps me coming back. I’ve been saying this in my head for days. I have a cuteoverload infatuation with you 🙂