I saw my first bald eagle in my late twenties. I was in Washington state for six weeks one summer in the 1980s. I was floored by their size and intrigued by everything about them. I moved back east and saw my next eagle in the mid 2000s. Every year since 2014 I’ve seen one near our farm here in Brandon, VT.

Bald Eagle soaring above Lake Dunmore May 2016.