Creature Feature: Bald Eagles

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Yurok Name: Tohtet

Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), or “Tohtet” as they are known in the Yurok language, are an iconic bird of the Pacific Northwest. Bald eagles are a type of sea eagle, and prefer to live near bodies of water where they can hunt for fish. These birds are some of the largest in North America, and hold the record for largest tree nest made by any animal on Earth. Bald eagles dislike human disturbance and will usually nest in secluded areas away from activity. Have you seen a bald eagle in Humboldt county?

Sources:
Wikipedia – Bald Eagle
Flickr – Mark Pouley and George Pankewytch