The country owes thanks to Al Cecere, the volunteers and staff at the American Eagle Foundation, and to the many volunteers, conservation agency staffers, and other nonprofit organizations doing their best every day to keep an eagle eye on the raptor populations and make sure the majestic Bald Eagle and other birds of prey are with us long into the future.
AEF in the Media
Famous Bald Eagle pair, Mr. President & The First Lady, have welcomed their first egg of 2017 into their Washington DC nest.
Nest cam fans from around the world recently participated in a “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign to suggest names for “DC2” and “DC3” the two eaglets currently residing in the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Thousands of names were submitted via the hashtag campaign, and now five of the most popular suggested name pairs and are being put to a final public vote!
Millions of people were glued to their computers and mobile devices this week watching dceaglecam.eagles.org and waiting for the eggs of ‘Mr. President’ & ‘The First Lady’ to hatch LIVE on the Washington D.C. Eagle Nest Cam.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) and the cooperative partners of the project are proud to announce that there are now two healthy eaglets residing in the nest that sits high in a Tulip Poplar tree in the U.S. National Arboretum, right inside the Nation’s Capitol.
Since mid-February, hundreds of thousands of viewers have tuned into dceaglecam.eagles.org to watch two live-streaming, high definition cameras featuring the wild nest of Bald Eagles “Mr. President” & “The First Lady.” These parents have been faithfully incubating two eggs at the top of a Tulip Poplar tree in the U.S. National Arboretum, right inside the Nation’s Capitol.
Their devoted attention and dedicated efforts finally began to pay off last night, as the first eaglet began its “pipping” process! “Pipping” occurs when an eaglet uses the tip of its beak to break through the internal membrane and the outer shell of its egg.
The tens of thousands of viewers who have become addicted to watching Bald Eagles “Mr. President” & “The First Lady” on the D.C. Eagle Nest Cam (dceaglecam.org) may want to keep their eyes glued to their computer screens this week to hopefully see two fuzzy eaglets hatch from their eggs.
Florida has 1,340 nesting territories (based on 2008-2009 nesting season data) and is home to more nesting pairs than any other state, except Alaska and Minnesota.
On Sunday December 13th at 8 p.m., Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry will host an exclusive Holiday Benefit Show featuring American Idol’s Clark Beckham, singer/songwriter James Rogers, and the famous free-flying Bald Eagle Challenger. VIP Tickets are selling for $125 (100% of VIP ticket proceeds support the non-profit AEF and can be claimed as a tax-deductible donation).
High up in a Longleaf Pine tree, Romeo and Juliet built a nest many years ago. Bonded for life, they return home to this nest each Fall to bring little ones into the world. This year, Romeo came back first. He was sighted on August 28th, 2014, and was often seen at the nest (and on other trees in the area) waiting patiently for his Juliet. Juliet stayed away longer than usual, but returned safe and sound on September 14th. After getting reacquainted, they earnestly began their “nestorations,” preparing for egg-laying and the raising of their new eaglets.
While in New York City on November 12, 2013, the Bald Eagle Challenger and Al Cecere filmed a ChannelOne News segment titled “Pop Quiz: The Bald Eagle.” This episode was broadcast to 7,000 schools nationwide on December 17, 2013.
On December 9th, Al appeared on Fox News to discuss the ramifications of this extension, stating: “I think this is appalling and outrageous. I don’t think this is good conservation policy. I think this is a lot of politics, and, believe me, I educate people on both sides of the aisle. I’ve been saving eagles for nearly 30 years. It took over 30 years to bring the Bald Eagle back from the brink of extinction.
On Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, Al Cecere and the Bald Eagle Challenger appeared on the popular Fox & Friends TV morning show in New York City. Al talked about the importance of acknowledging and remembering the sacrifices of our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen, both active duty and veterans.
Background photo ©Byron Jorjorian
Background photo ©Byron Jorjorian