The Bald Eagle was chosen for our national seal because of his power in flight, his longevity, and because the Bible mentions the eagle numerous times, including John who preached about its rebirth and power. It took from 1776 to 1782 to design the seal, and the founding fathers put a conciliatory olive branch in its right talon.
This is a music video featuring a special free-flying Bald Eagle named 'Challenger' (in honor of the lost space shuttle crew) cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF).
He's a 'human socialized' bird raised by the people who rescued him when he was blown from a wild Louisiana nest in a storm as a baby in the late 1980s.
Declared 'non-releasable' by federal and state wildlife authorities, he was trained by the AEF to perform educational free-flight demonstrations at high profile public events.
He's the first Bald Eagle in U.S.history that learned to free-fly into stadiums, arenas and ballrooms during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. The celebrity eagle has appeared at numerous major sporting events,like the World Series, Pro-Bowl, All-Star game, BCS National Championship, Fiesta Bowl and Men's Final Four, etc. Challenger has also flown before 4 U.S.Presidents. His life's story is told in a children's storybook titled Challenger, America's Eagle.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar like eagles...Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)