The bald eagle is a native large bird species in the United States that stands for courage, strength and freedom. Although the bald eagle received unofficial recognition as the national bird of the U.S. on June 20, 1782, it was not until 6 years later that it would finally receive official recognition as the country's national bird.
One of America's founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, opposed the idea of having the bald eagle as a national symbol, and thought that the turkey was a more suitable bird. He believed that the turkey was a more respectable bird and a true native of America while the bald eagle was a bird that possessed bad moral character and did not make its living honestly. The bald eagle can be found all across North America and is the only eagle that lives on this continent.