Potomac River Bald Eagle
Adult bald eagle perched among fall colors on the Potomac River.
The bald eagle landed on America’s National Emblem in 1782, after being selected for the Great Seal of the United States by Secretary of Congress Charles Thomson. Prior to selection by Thomson, the format of the National Emblem had been the topic of heated debate among leading politicians. Three congressional committees, including one consisting of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, failed to win approval of a new design from Congress.

A variety of factors, namely loss of habitat and contamination by the pesticide DDT, led to the bald eagle’s near extinction by the 1960s. Significant conservation efforts, coupled with a federal ban on DDT, led to a remarkable recovery, and the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list in 2007.

The bald eagle population along the Potomac River is now believed to be doubling every seven years, and the region is known for offering some of the best eagle spotting locations in the continental United States.

Elizabeth Hartwell in the Mason Neck Great Marsh The efforts of noted author and environmental conservationist Elizabeth Hartwell played a large role in the resurgence of bald eagles around the Potomac River region, and they are now a common sight along our waterways.

Created in January 2014 by photographer Bradley Hunter Caricofe, Potomac River Bald Eagles seeks to foster public awareness of environmental, social and political issues that may affect the habitat of bald eagles and other wildlife throughout the Potomac River region.

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We provide stock images and limited edition prints featuring bald eagles, wildlife, and natural scenery from around the Nation’s River. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from our sales are contributed toward resolving issues that threaten bald eagles.

Did you know bald eagles can spot a fish from 1 mile away? Read more in our Bald Eagle FAQ.


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