Should The National Animal change?

When you think America, one of the first images that pops into your head is a majestic bald eagle, as it is heavily advertised as the “all American bird,” and is seen on countless articles of patriotic merchandise. But, what if it changed? It would probably never happen, but here’s why it should.

Image taken from Smithsonian’s National Zoo

First off, how many countries already have an eagle as their national animal? Well, a lot more than you’d think. According to animalsake.com, here’s a list of every single other country that uses some kind of eagle as one of their national animals:

  • Zambia
  • Serbia
  • Russia (has a mythical two headed eagle, but still)
  • Poland
  • Nigeria
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Germany
  • Egypt
  • Austria
  • The Philippines
  • And most recently; South Sudan

I dunno, me personally, I think America could use something more unique, more unlike the rest, something that really encompasses what America is, and what it’s all about.

Well, Benjamin Franklin had a pretty good idea, according to history.com, Benjamin Franklin proposed that: as the turkey is a greater “bird of courage” and more “truly American” it should replace the current national animal. And frankly, I agree.

The bald eagle, also isn’t exactly native to America, as it can be seen soaring over many parts of Canada, and bits of Mexico, while the turkey almost exclusively resides within the U.S. of A.

Map of bald eagle distribution across North America, courtesy of Birdsnsa.com

And we don’t even celebrate the bald eagle! Now, if only there was a holiday where we celebrated the greatness of our national animal, or even had a tradition where the president pardons that said animal. Maybe we could call it “Thanksgiving!”

I mean, the pins are all already in a row here. It’s almost meant to be at this point. And I know what you might be thinking, what kind of country eats their national animal? Well, Australia eats kangaroo steaks, so it’s not that out of the ordinary.

So, anyway, that’s why I think we should ditch the eagle, and get with the turkey for our great national animal of the United States.

Spring sports

Looking to try out for a spring sport? Here are a few ideas:

  • Track and Field: Track and field starts Monday, March 11, 2019. You can sign up in the athletic office. See coach David Zeitchick for more information
  • Baseball: The season begins Monday, March 18, 2018. If you want to try out make sure you are up to date with all academics, physicals, forms, and fees prior to opening day.
  • Boys Golf: The season starts  Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Boys Tennis: The season starts March 25, 2019. To tryout, you will need a to be academically eligible, have a current sports physical (that has to be good for 3 years), have a signed Minnesota State High School Legaue eligibility form, and pay the activity fee before the first day of pratice. The head coach is David Stingket and the Assistant Coach is Tim Lang.
  • Girls golf: The season starts Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Softball: The season starts – Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Girls Lacrosse: This is offered through Central High school, for Highland Park Senior High Athletics. The fee is $150. If you have any questions, see coach Mary Fisher.

To register to play any of these sports you will need:

  1. A sports clearance physical with the athletic office. Sports physicals are valid for 3 years
  2. A signed Highland Park Athletic Policy and a Minnesota State High School League eligibility form
  3. Follow all rules, rights and responsibilities.
  4. Pay appropriate activity fee
  5. Remain academically eligible/have appropriate credits toward graduation requirements, and earn at least 4 credits each quarter.

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