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How the sea eagle came to have sharp eyesight

  What a powerful presence an eagle emanates. No wonder the Greeks saw the bird as being the right hand of the supreme god Zeus. And that kings, emperors and other rulers have been keen to use this king of the birds as a symbol to enhance their own  importance: its image decorates many flags, weapons coins, and buildings. After all, the eagle symbolizes strength, power and beauty. But in addition to this, he possesses one other characteristic: cunning. Read about this in this new tale. ...

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Nature stories, myths and legends about plants and animals have been told for many centuries and sometimes even date back thousands of years. They are ‘living stories’, by which is meant that they alter in the course of time, because they are modified by the predominating culture and by the storyteller’s preferences.

A plant or animal comes far more to life for many people, young and old, when it figures in a story or an anecdote. A good nature story ensures that they are instilled with a sense of wonder; they look and listen more carefully. So when they see a skylark, they will think about the story of why it sings as it flies through the sky. Or during a walk in the woods they will remember why the oak keeps its leaves in winter. Each month a story appears on this site about a plant, animal, bird, insect or tree from Western Europe.

In 2003 this nature story site was started in The Netherlands for the benefit of nature guides wanting to take groups of people on nature excursions. In 2008 the translation of the stories into German and French were added, followed by English in 2009.

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Everyone is welcome to use the stories for nature excursions or courses. For publication purposes prior permission must be requested.

© text and photos: Els Baars, unless otherwise indicated. e-mail

English translation: Sarah Hopman-Edge

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