THE EAGLE This is Amazing...It is no wonder there are scriptural references to the eagle! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. And, no there is no wonder the bald eagle has such a significant symbolism to our country. What hope!!!! The Eagle has the longest life span. It can live up to 70 years, but to reach this age the Eagle must make a hard decision. In its 40s its long and flexible talons con no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old-aged and heavy wing, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its chest and make it difficult to fly. Then, the Eagle is left with only two options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the Eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. The Eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the Eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucks its old-aged feathers. And after five months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 MORE YEARS! Why is change needed? Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present. When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the clouds... An amazing tidbit about the Eagle's eyesight: The eagle can probably identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. That means that an eagle flying at an altitude of 1000 feet over open country could spot prey over an area of almost 3 square miles from a fixed position.