Thursday, June 20, 2019

Celebrate the return of the Bald Eagle for National American Eagle Day

I noted yesterday that today is American Eagle Day and also when I celebrate National Seashell Day, which I've observed together since 2017.  For my readers who need reminding, here's the opening paragraph of the holiday's description from National Day Calendar.
Observed each year on June 20th is National American Eagle Day.  This day is set aside to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, assist in the recovery of their natural environments and take part in educational outreach.
For this year's celebration of America's national bird, I am sharing American bald eagles continue remarkable comeback in New Jersey from  It was posted only two days ago, just in time for today's observance.

In 1973, there was one American bald Eagle nest in New Jersey. The pesticide DDT was largely blamed for the near extinction of this large predatory bird species. Today, there are an estimated 200 nesting pairs. The return of the bald eagle is considered one of the biggest environmental comeback stories in the state.
That was the success story of the return of the Bald Eagle in one state.  SciShow talks about the recovery of the entire species as one of 7 Species That Were Saved From Extinction.  The Bald Eagle is #3.

Humans are pretty good at destroying things. Like habitats, animal populations... you catch my drift. But, there have been a few species that humans have helped bring back from the brink of extinction.
I found all of those inspiring examples of how humans can reverse at least some of the environmental damage they cause.  It helps make up for reporting United Nations report warns 1 million species could go extinct last month.

Follow over the jump for the other wildlife holiday I observe today, National Seashell Day, which I observe on the 20th regardless of the day the Summer Solstice falls because the day fell on the 20th when I first noticed it and because World Giraffe Day is always on the 21st.

Once again, I am sharing the description of the holiday from National Day Calendar.
On the first day of summer, National Seashell Day reminds us to put our toes in the sand and admire the beauty of seashells.

Shellers get ready to shellebrate and start shelling! To those not in the know, shellers are beachcombers who collect seashells by scouring the beaches for the gems left behind by snails and mollusks.  National Seashell Day is here to tell you all about it and make sure you check out your local beaches during the prime shelling season.

For a sheller, the true tulip or lettered olive is almost more mesmerizing than the ocean sunset.  Or maybe it’s the hunt for the rare or the unique specimen.  These jewels of the sandy beaches, the kings crown conch, the apple murex, or even a pear whelk dazzle beachcombers.  Their names are as musical and colorful as your adventure will be, so grab your bucket and head out around sunrise or sunset. Seashells are waiting for you!
The Beaches of Ft. Myers & Sanibel founded National Seashell Day on the first day of summer in 2016 to celebrate seashells and the extraordinary shelling found in Southwest Florida.
Last year's celebration produced National Seashell Day 2018 ¦ The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Break World Record.

To celebrate National Seashell Day 2018, the community on The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel came together and broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the "Largest human image of a seashell" with 1,093 participants! The event took place at the Outrigger Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
That was fun to watch, although I don't know if it raised much awareness.

Stay tuned for one more wildlife holiday tomorrow, when it's World Giraffe Day.

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