The first time I saw a bald eagle in person was when I moved to the Pacific Northwest. It happened while my husband and I were taking a day drive in Washington. We were newly married, and he was introducing this born-and-bred-desert-girl to the wonders of the Northwest.
Along a two-lane road lined with tall evergreens I looked up and saw a bald eagle perched on the highest point of a fir tree. The distinctive white head gave it away, and I was quite excited to have spotted it on my own.
Since then I have seen many bald eagles, including two sightings at my property in Brush Prairie.
To think that our national bird was once on the endangered species list; how grateful I am to conservation efforts which have helped the bald eagle species to grow and thrive.
My personal experiences with bald eagles were in my mind recently as I watched a YouTube video about a wildlife rehabilitator caring for a very ill male eagle.