Everything about them is big. They are one of nature’s largest raptors, with wings that can span eight feet, and nests that can weigh up to a ton. Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent’s most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak and penetrating eyes. Yet most people know little about it beyond its striking appearance.
In the 1960s, the bald eagle was on the brink of extinction caused by the pesticide DDT and other human pressures. Following their protection as an endangered species, bald eagles have come roaring back. But even in the best of times, life in the wild for these birds is a surprisingly tough struggle.
From the pristine wilderness of Alaska to the Upper Mississippi River Valley, American Eagle goes behind the scenes and into the nest to provide the ultimate bird’s eye view into the private life of an American icon.
Production Credits Print
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM
Cinematographer And Co-Producer
Neil Rettig Productions, Inc.
Cary Anderson, Eagle Eye Pictures
Peace River Studios
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Iowa DNR, Decorah Fish Management Station
Marge Gibson, Raptor Education Group, Inc.
Harley & Helen Hanke
Willard & Mary Ellen Holthouse
Mel & Karen Lee
National Eagle Center
John Thiel, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Ed & Mary Breuer
Stan & Kay Hampton
IRENE TEJARATCHI HESS
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
HD Online Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY
Executive In Charge
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DANIEL B. GREENBERG
Photo for “Introduction” by James Donald © EBC. Photo for "Bald Eagles' Evolutionary Ancestors" © Laura Johnson. Photo for "The Upper Mississippi River Valley" © Neil Rettig. Other images from American Eagle.
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