La Aguila Calva / The Bald Eagle

As it soars through the sky, the eagle seems to be the essence of freedom and courage. Since ancient times, the eagle’s broad wings, strong talons, and fierce expression have captured people’s imaginations. In Greek mythology, the eagle was the only bird that lived among the gods on Mount Olympus. Some Native Americans believed that the bird caused thunder as it flew. Others considered the eagle to be a messenger from the creator of the universe. In 1782 the Founding Fathers chose the bald eagle as the national symbol of the United States. Since then it has been one of the most treasured emblems of American democracy.