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).
AEF in the Media
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.
September 14, 2013, Al Cecere and Bald Eagle Challenger appeared on Fox & Friends in New York. In this interview, Al talks about the dangers from wind turbines to wildlife.
Two bald eaglets rescued Monday may make their first flights after a fast-moving storm destroyed their Sevier County nest and sent them tumbling some 75 feet to the ground.
Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is a major event for the American Eagle Foundation. This year was no exception. Al Cecere and ambassador Bald Eagle Challenger appeared on Fox & Friends TV Show on Saturday morning, May 25. After finishing up with the TV interview, AEF staff and Challenger then flew to Charlotte to participate in opening ceremonies at the Coca Cola 600 race on Sunday evening (May 26).
In a small, tucked away corner of Sevier County near one of the most popular amusement parks in the country, a group of dedicated workers is helping our national symbol – the Bald Eagle.
Helicopters reportedly flew too close to a bald eagle nest in a field near Kroger on Highway 66 (Winfield Dunn Parkway) in Sevierville, but an official from the American Eagle Foundation and representatives from two helicopter tour companies say the issue has been resolved.
The AEF’s eagle Challenger and staff were busy as usual during the 2012 football season. Beginning with an appearance at the Titans vs Steelers Game in Nashville on October 11, other venues followed at a fast pace.
On November 28, 2012, Al Cecere, Founder and President of the American Eagle Foundation, was honored on the GAC national cable network’s Great American Heroes TV show hosted by country music artist Trace Adkins. Al was recognized for his 30 years of dedication and accomplishments contributing to the rebound of our National Symbol, the Bald Eagle, through his passionate work at the AEF.
On October 24, 2011, the Bald Eagle ‘Volunteer’ that had previously escaped from its Dollywood aviary on Sept. 11, 2011 and that was captured on Oct. 23, has been reunited with his life-long mate Hero. They have been love birds for 22 years and have raised a number of young together.
‘Volunteer,’ the bald eagle who escaped from Dollywood more than three weeks ago, is recovering from his adventures. He may not be able to talk about his experiences, but his body tells at least part of the tale. He was a bit dehydrated and probably weighs a bit less, but so far, his vet said he looks pretty good.
People from all over the world have their eyes trained on East Tennessee. That’s because anyone from anywhere who has an Internet connection can watch three Pigeon Forge eaglets growing up in their nest.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Contributions to the American Eagle Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The AEF's tax identification number is 58-1652023.
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