Today is Saturday, which means it is time for some Mexican culture and history. I try to do some Mexican culture or humor on Saturdays, to give people an insight to life here. Also this time of year I am watching college football all day on Saturdays, so I don’t feel like getting too deep.
Today I am in my mini sports lounge in the K’ay Kook hotel. I got two computers going, plenty of Coke Zero, fan going, ice, all I need today. I am going to be watching Clemson play some cupcake, (Troy), and then watch the Gamecocks play Mississippi State tonight. I got my lunch planned to pick up later. I got good internet at the hotel also, so I can watch any game on today. I think tomorrow I will do a story on watching football in Mahahual.
There are a lot of people who know more about living in Mexico, and are better writers, so when I come across an article I read that I think you readers might find interesting I share it on this blog. The Playa Times has some good stuff about Mexican history a lot , which I find interesting. This week is a big week of celebration starts with Mexico’s Independence Day coming up on the 15th, flags are flying everywhere here, but more on that later. Today some history about the eagle on the Mexican coat of arms.
Official Mexican coat of arms / Photo: Wikimedia Commons
As we are about to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, we wanted to focus on the golden eagle, which is featured on the coat of arms and is a national symbol of Mexico. This majestic bird is called Aguila Real, which means ‘royal eagle.’
The history of the Mexican coat of arms comes from an Aztec legend, which tells the story of a nomadic tribe leader who had a dream of the god Huitzilopochtli. He was told that the tribe would come across an eagle, perched on a cactus and devouring a snake. Once they found this eagle they were to settle in the area. Eventually the eagle and snake were sighted in a swampy area, which is now the site of Mexico City. North America’s largest raptor, the golden eagle, became a symbol of Mexico.
The eagle is dark brown, with luxurious gold shades through its head and neck. Their powerful beak and talons represent its hunting prowess. They are incredibly powerful and fast, hunting rabbits, squirrels, reptiles, fish, other birds, and small animals. Although the eagle is capable of killing large animals, they mainly focus on small prey.
The golden eagle is monogamous, mating with the same partner for years. The pair will breed once a year and have one to four eggs. The incubation period is approximately 40 – 45 days. Their nests can be seen high up in cliffs or trees, and eagles sometimes visit them year after year.
Migration seems to depend on where they originate. For instance, an eagle from Alaska or Canada will migrate south for the winter, yet birds living in warmer areas do not migrate.
However, the golden eagle population is in decline and they are in danger. Although there are laws in place to protect these majestic creatures, deliberate poisoning, poaching and pollution are making their habitat disappear. The head of the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), Guillermo Haro Belchez, reported that there are only 102 pairs of Golden Eagles in Mexico. He has promised that the agency in charge will deploy all its power to preserve this species.
Thanks for reading, Go Cocks,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina