Despite what you may think, this holiday was not created by a Philadelphia Eagles football fan. There are only 5 families of birds of prey: falcons, hawks, eagles, owls, and vultures. So on January 10th, we are reminded of eagles and their role in Greek mythology, American history, and ecosystems around the world. Including their representative species, there are approximately 110 species of eagles on Earth.
In 1782, the bald eagle’s wingspan was placed on the United States seal, and making it our national bird. Today, the bald eagle is represented on $1 bills, but they first appeared on American money in 1776.