The bald eagle has been the national bird of the United States since 1782, when it was placed with outspread wings on the Great Seal of our country. The Weeks Bay Foundation has celebrated the bald eagle since its inaugural Bald Eagle Bash in 2009. Today, the Bash is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser.
As we approach April 25 – the scheduled date of this year’s Bash – we lament the cancellation of our “party for preservation.” In its place, however, we are celebrating the significance of the bald eagle’s symbolism of strength, unity, and determination with a local sharing of bald eagle photos or drawings.
E Pluribus Unum – Out of many, one. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress appointed a committee to design a seal for the United States. While early designs were rejected, Congress adopted the motto E Pluribus Unum, Latin for “out of many, one,” and incorporated it into a subsequent design submitted by Charles Thompson, secretary of the Continental Congress. Thompson’s design – the bald eagle holding a scroll inscribed with E Pluribus Unum in its beak – was adopted on June 20, 1782. To this day the bald eagle holds a special place in our collective hearts and minds.
To help celebrate the significance of our national bird, we invite you to post photos or drawings of bald eagles, on our Facebook page (@WeeksBayFoundation), Instagram account (weeksbayfoundation), on your personal accounts, and in local groups with the hashtag #baldeaglebash. Feel free to share what this symbolism means to you at this time.
All participants who post to @WeeksBayFoundation or tag the Foundation will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to next year’s Bald Eagle Bash. The winner will be randomly selected from among all participants on April 25, and the winning image will be displayed on all Weeks Bay Foundation social media channels. Please include the photographer’s or artist’s name, or the source of either.
Questions? Call 251-990-5004. And remember, although this year’s Bald Eagle Bash is canceled, the Foundation continues to protect our natural resources. Please consider making a donation online at https://weeksbay.org/donate/donations/ or by check to Weeks Bay Foundation, 11401 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532.