American Eagle Foundation and Charter Communications Collaborate on LIVE Smoky Mountain Eagle Cam Nest
June 13th, 2017
Sevierville, Tenn. (June 13, 2017) – The American Eagle Foundation (AEF), a local landowner, and Charter Communications have collaborated on the installation of a live-streaming camera outside of the Spectrum building after a series of unfortunate events prompted a pair of Bald Eagles, “Lady Independence” and “Sir Hatcher” to move their nest to a hill near the Spectrum store and offices.
Charter Communications is allowing AEF to utilize power and internet access for the streaming of the camera, and the company has donated $1,000 towards the streaming expenses of the project.
“This wild eagle pair is near and dear to our heart,” said AEF President Al Cecere. “We’re excited to be able to get an up-close camera installed near or on the nest tree this fall, and are very appreciative of Charter’s interest in supporting this project!”
The live-stream camera has been officially turned on in honor of ” Flag Day” Week, just in time to see the eaglets eventually fledge the nest.
Later this summer, AEF and Charter look forward to collaborating once again to install a camera directly above the nest to provide up-close views of this pair’s daily nesting activities in 2018.
“We are thrilled to support our National bird through the American Eagle Foundation,” said Joe Pell, area vice president for Charter’s operations in Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, and parts of Florida and Mississippi. “Facilitating a camera allows people throughout the world to view this iconic symbol and reminds us of the freedoms we enjoy here in America every day.”
To view “Lady Independence” and “Sir Hatcher” along with their young, click here.
About “Lady Independence” and “Sir Hatcher”
These eagles are no strangers to unfortunate events. The pair lost their nest (near Kroger on Route 66) two years in a row during windy storms and watched their first set of eaglets (about 7 weeks of age) fall from their nest in a storm. Thereafter, the same nest tree (with remnants of a nest) was chopped down by a local land developer, so the pair decided to move less than a mile away where they built a precarious nest high in a tree near the Charter Communication’s parking lot.
This pair quickly gained attention from local eagle enthusiasts and photographers, especially when they realized the female eagle was wearing a metal United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) leg band. After years of trying to photograph the leg band on the female eagle, photographers John Prickett and David Collins were able to piece together their photos and fully decipher the number. It turned out this eagle was hatched and raised in 2008 inside Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood by non-releasable Bald Eagles Independence & Franklin.
The AEF, excited to learn that this eagle was one that they had released into the wild in 2008 from their Hack Tower on Douglas Lake, decided to add a live-streaming nest camera at the bottom of the parking lot, which let online viewers watch the daily activities of this pair from a distance.
In 2016, the AEF finally climbed this new nest tree while the adult eagles were away on their annual migrations and added a live-streaming camera above the nest in order to watch the intimate daily lives of these eagles. Several months later, however, Charter and AEF made the realization that the pair decided to build a new nest, yet again, only 500-600 feet away from their previous one, high on a hill near Charter Communications.
About The American Eagle Foundation
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF), located in Pigeon Forge, has spent over 30 years protecting Bald Eagles and other birds of prey. In addition to educating guests at Dollywood with the Wings of America birds-of-prey show at Dollywood, caring daily for 80 non-releasable raptors, traveling coast to coast with the famous Bald Eagle Challenger, and educating millions of people online through LIVE Eagle Cams, the AEF also cares for disabled Bald Eagle breeding pairs whose captive-hatched eaglets are released into the wild every summer (150 young eagles so far, to be exact). Learn more at eagles.org.
Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including Spectrum TV™ video entertainment programming, Spectrum Internet™ access, and Spectrum Voice™. Spectrum Business™ similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter’s advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach™ brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.