AEF to Partner With Radnor Lake In Nashville, TN For Eagle Education Project
Since Tennessee’s Bald Eagle recovery efforts began in 1980, strategic partnerships have been crucial to accomplishing Bald Eagle conservation goals. Steve Ward, Manager of the Radnor Lake State Natural Area of Nashville, TN, recently invited the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) to partner with Radnor Lake this coming year to update their Bald Eagle display and to finalize the design of Radnor’s Bald Eagle aviary, which is already under construction and is expected to open in Spring of 2014.
Radnor Lake plans to house at least two Bald Eagles and other raptors in their aviary. About a year ago, Steve toured AEF’s facilities with AEF President Al Cecere to get ideas for the Rador Lake aviary. This interest has been spurred by occasional sightings of Bald Eagles on the 80-acre lake surrounded by over 1,300 acres of adjacent State land that could potentially attract nesting.
AEF Eagle Consultant and retired TN Endangered Wildlife Coordinator Bob Hatcher has provided the basic material and recent updates of the 3-year old eagle display. The display focuses on the chain of events leading up to Bald Eagle recovery efforts in Tennessee and milestones since. Hatcher and Cecere recently provided on-site consultation concerning completion of the eagle aviary, and AEF has agreed to transfer two non-releasable educational Bald Eagles to Radnor Lake after the aviary is completed.