Teacher, composer writes song to benefit eagles
Jul 28, 2011
Composer and arthritis sufferer, Sherry Widmer, found inspiration from an eagle's plight and wrote a song to benefit them, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.
After hearing about a female adult eagle that was struck by a plane in Norfolk, Virginia, leaving three eaglets motherless, Canandaigua, New York, resident Widmer was very moved.
"The Indians say you have your own totem, your own animal, and the eagle is definitely mine," Widmer told the source. "So how do I feel out here? Totally calm. It puts you in another state of mind and it's always a plus when I can see the eagles."
To help the eaglets, Widmer composed a song called Norfolk Bald Eagles Three and is donating a portion of the proceeds towards the animal rescue. The eaglet's are being cared for by the Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Center of Virginia.
The actions of preservationists, such as Widmer, have allowed bald eagles to make their way off the endangered species list, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports.
According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, bald eagles were brought from a low of 417 breeding pairs in 1963 to 9,789 pairs in 2007 in the lower 48 states.