Bald Eagle Appreciation Days are held the third weekend of each January. Endangered No Longer: Our Favorite Pictures of Bald Eagles

The iconic bird has been the symbol of the United States for more than 200 years.

Although decimated by hunters and the use of pesticides in the 20th century, the species has recovered thanks to federal protection and conservation programs.

Eight years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed these resilient birds from the endangered species list.

In honor of Bald Eagle Appreciation Days...

Photograph by Tom Murphy

A Symbol for the strong and free, I fly with no regret.

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