Rehabilitated Bald Eagle “Summitt” Released Into Wild
This release took place on the Tennessee River at Ijams Nature Center to Honor Pat Summitt.
August 11th, 2016
On August 11th, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) reintroduced an adult Bald Eagle back into the wild after months of rehabilitation. This adult Bald Eagle came to the AEF at the beginning of March with a puncture wound to its right leg due to a leg trap.
Upon recovery, the American Eagle Foundation contacted Ijams Nature Center about releasing the eagle back into the wild from their property on the Tennessee River in Knoxville, TN, which is only about 10 miles away from where the eagle was rescued by Roy Smith of the TWRA (who also attended the release).
The AEF named the eagle “Summitt” in honor of and in memory of former Lady Vols Coach, Pat Summitt.
“Pat Summitt was more than just a coach. She was an iconic leader known across the nation for her excellence and determination, says AEF President Al Cecere. “We wanted to name this eagle in honor of her to pay tribute to an amazing individual.”
About the American Eagle Foundation
The American Eagle Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to care for, restore and protect the USA’ s living symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey. The AEF is celebrating its 31st year of carrying out its mission through Education, Repopulation , Conservation, & Rehabilitation. It is headquartered in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN. Learn more at www.eagles.org.
Julia Cecere, 865-234-0431
AEF Founder and President