Dollywood Nest Cams


Independence & Franklin
Eleanor & Mr. Roosevelt
Isaiah & Mrs. Jefferson

At Dollywood, guests can stroll along the edge of Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, where they will see the largest exhibit of non-releasable Bald Eagles in the United States. The Bald Eagles residing within Eagle Mountain Sanctuary are all permanently disabled and would not be able to survive in the wild. Three aviary nests are featured on this page.

While we hope that all eaglets hatched in these nests will grow up healthy and successfully fledge each season, natural disasters can affect these eagle families and may be difficult to watch.

Independence & Franklin


Non-releasable Bald Eagles Independence and Franklin live in an enormous aviary at Dollywood at AEF’s Eagle Mountain Sanctuary. Since 2002 they have successfully raised 30 eaglets that have been released into the wild.

On March 24, 2017, at 8:27 p.m. (EST), Indy laid her first egg of the season!

Eleanor & Mr. Roosevelt


Eleanor & Mr. Roosevelt (Elli & Roo) are a new pair who bonded years after being transferred to AEF’s Pick-a-Mate aviary. In 2016, they built a nest on the ground in Pick-a-Mate and laid 2 eggs, which were removed and placed off park in the AEF incubation room. One egg proved to be non-viable, but the 2nd egg hatched. Unfortunately, the eaglet passed away in its 2nd week. Later in the year, Elli & Roo were placed in their own nesting aviary on Eagle Mountain.

Elli & Roo are currently brooding 2 eggs; Egg 1 was laid March 6, and Egg 2 was laid March 9.

Isaiah & Mrs. Jefferson


Non-releasable Bald Eagles Isaiah & Mrs. Jefferson (MJ & I) are neighbors of Eleanor & Mr. Roosevelt, also calling AEF’s Eagle Mountain Sanctuary their home. They have hatched and raised numerous young as a part of the AEF’s Captive Breeding and Hacking programs. They are also wonderful foster parents.

Isaiah & Mrs. Jefferson are currently brooding 2 eggs. Originally there were three eggs. Egg 1 was laid Feb. 19, Egg 2 was laid Feb. 22, and Egg 3 was laid Feb. 25. We do not know which egg was lost – but on March 23 it suddenly just wasn’t there.

The IR light for this nest is broken, so there is no night viewing here. The light will be replaced after the nesting season is over.


Fresh food (quail, fish, rats) is delivered daily to the eagles by AEF caregivers and left at the bottom of the hill; the parent eagles choose what they want, and then bring it back to the nest to feed themselves and their babies. There is also a bathing/watering tub at the same location, which the eagles often enjoy.

Chat Schedule (all times EST):

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Monday: 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday: 9:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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  1. We ask all chat guests to be respectful, polite, and focused on eagles.
  2. First and foremost, the AEF Dollywood Chat Room is a family and classroom friendly place and we ask that all chat guests respect the diversity of the room. Profanity, personal invective, or other inappropriate comments will not be tolerated. Disagreements might be unavoidable but should remain polite, and they should never become arguments. Chatting is a privilege, not a right. If your presence is disruptive or inappropriate, moderators (mods) can timeout, kick, or permanently ban chat abusers, and can delete inappropriate posts.
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  4. We prefer that chatter focus on the Dollywood eagles featured on this page. We are aware that many of our chatters view other nests and like to share the news (eaglet hatchings et al), which is acceptable. However, please keep information from other nests to a minimum so we don’t confuse other chatters. If you feel the need to discuss other topics, please do so by using Private Messages (PMs).
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