The American Eagle Foundation released two 13-week-old captive hatched eaglets on August 2, 2013 from a hack tower overlooking Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee. GPS satellite transmitters were placed on each eaglet, which will allow us - and our viewers - to track where they go. We wish them safe passage on their journeys.
For unknown reasons, the transmitter on Destiny has stopped transmitting. The last transmission we received was August 21; however, Destiny has been spotted since then and appeared to be in good health. More information.
On September 15, 2013 we received the last "true" transmitter reading for Thunderbird. At that time, he was still in the Saginaw Bay Area of Lake Huron. Following that date, the transmitter was functioning, but it did not seem as if any distances were being covered from one day to the next. Shortly thereafter, on two separate occasions, thorough searches were made attempting to locate either the transmitter or Thunderbird using exact GPS markers from the last transmittal date. Although these attempts were unsuccessful, and we do not have an answer as to what happened, we will remain hopeful that Thunderbird is "out there" somewhere enjoying his life. More information.
Click on each map marker to read daily blurbs of each eagle's travels. "Destiny" (a female) is the pink marker; "Thunderbird" (a male) is the teal marker.