American Eagle

About

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

Television Credits

Narrated By
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Producer
JAMES DONALD

Cinematographer And Co-Producer
NEIL RETTIG

Written By
JOHN RUBIN

Editor
JAMES OHM

Senior Producer
JOHN RUBIN

Original Music
LENNY WILLIAMS

Additional Cinematographer
BOB ANDERSON

Research
CICI CLARK

Sound Recordist
BOB ANDERSON

Key Grip
BILL FELKER

Assistant Editor 
YARI WOLINSKY

Online Editor
DAVID ALLEN

Colorist
DAVID MARKUN

Sound Design
GEOF THURBER
RAUL ROSA

Audio Mix
GREG MCCLEARY
ED CAMPBELL

ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
Neil Rettig Productions, Inc.
Cary Anderson, Eagle Eye Pictures
Isaac Babcock
Peace River Studios

SPECIAL THANKS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Xcel Energy
Iowa DNR, Decorah Fish Management Station
Marge Gibson, Raptor Education Group, Inc.
Harley & Helen Hanke
Willard & Mary Ellen Holthouse
Laura Johnson
Jean Keene
Mel & Karen Lee
Brett Mandernack
National Eagle Center
Joel Telford
Don Valley
John Thiel, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Ed & Mary Breuer
Stan & Kay Hampton

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
JILL CLARKE
IRENE TEJARATCHI HESS

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

HD Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Offline Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Series Producer 
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge 
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer 
FRED KAUFMAN

A Production of John Rubin Productions, Inc., Neil Rettig Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2008 Educational Broadcasting Corporation
All rights reserved

Web Credits
Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistance
DIANA COFRESÍ-TERRERO
CHIE WITT 

Designer
JOY WEEENG

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE 

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Writer
TANNER VEA

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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