Denali: Golden Eagle

Golden eagles are found in the northern regions of North America, Europe, and Asia, but only one subspecies, Aquila chrysaetos canadensis, makes its home in North America.

“In Denali, golden eagles prey primarily on ptarmigan, snowshoe hare, arctic ground squirrel, hoary marmot, and carrion.” Golden eagles nest in cliffs and soar in the morning and late afternoon, looking for food.

golden eagle
golden eagle

“Adult golden eagles have a wingspan of more than 2 meters (over 6 feet) and are often seen soaring on thermals for long periods of time without any apparent movement of their wings.”

The Park Services estimates “there are 125 territorial pairs of golden eagles living in and near the boundaries of Denali.” Golden eagles nest and raise their young in Denali from March to September. They migrate south for the winter, extending to northern Mexico. The golden eagle is the national symbol of Mexico; the golden eagle is part of the legend for the founding of what is now Mexico City, and an eagle is at the center of the Mexican flag.


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