Natural history and facts about the bald eagle are inscribed on this
highly detailed figurine. This stately bird of prey has been the
national symbol of the United States since 1778. Two hundred years
later, in 1978, the bald eagle was listed as an endangered species.
DDT, a pesticide, caused much of the decline. Once banned (hence the
slash on the carving) the population of eagles and other birds
rebounded. A heart concealed among the feathers indicates that bald
eagles mate for life. On the interior is a fish, the favored diet of
bald eagles. AK stands for the state of Alaska, where half of the
bald eagles worldwide live. 40 on the lid represents the date 1940
when the Bald eagle Protection Act was implemented.