Pigeon Forge, Tenn – You may think Peyton Manning or Mark Sanchez were the stars of the AFC Championship game, but another undeniable star shone brightly that Sunday…the celebrity bald eagle Challenger.
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Challenger’s remarkable journey provides inspiration. In an article by Bob Hatcher, the reader is taken from Challenger’s Humble Beginnings in 1989, when he was blown out of a nest in southern Louisiana, to the most recognized and famous Bald Eagle in America.
Pigeon Forge, TN — An American Bald Eagle shot in Tennessee earlier this year has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving – it’s flying again. But so does the family who rescued it.
Soaring over a sea of orange, Challenger made a spectacular appearance at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN before the game between the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University.
CLINTON – When he received a phone call in September about a badly injured Bald Eagle, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Vince Pontello said he didn’t believe it. “But sure enough, there it was,” Pontello said of the full-grown raptor, found huddled in thick bushes off Lawnville Road in Roane County.
New York, NY-November 12, 2009: Russell Simmons, Celebrity American Bald Eagle “Challenger”, Supermodels Heidi Albertsen and Julie Henderson, Miss Tanzania, Kosovo and Albania, Justine and Russy Simmons were on hand Tuesday night to help raise funds for Life Project for Africa.
Al Cecere, founder and president of the American Eagle Foundation, along with famous Bald Eagle Challenger appeared on Fox and Friends News today in commemoration of Veterans Day.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Spotting a former Dollywood resident so far from home is not quite so unusual unless it just happens to be one of the majestic Bald Eaglets hatched at the theme park’s American Eagle Foundation (AEF) facility in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Mr. Lincoln suddenly flapped his wings in an attempt to take flight, and a classroom full of third-graders at Fairview felt the air move in what was likely their first up close encounter with an American bald eagle.
Challenger, the non-releasable American Bald Eagle, made his scheduled arrival at John Wayne Airport. Held by his handler Al Cecere, who is president of the American Eagle Foundation, ‘Challenger’ made the trip to Orange County from his home at Dollywood in Tennessee where he later performed at the Life Changing Lives charity fundraiser gala Thursday at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.
Bald Eagle ‘Mr. Lincoln’ and American Eagle Foundation President Al Cecere participated in special events during the 101st Airborne’s ‘Week of the Eagles’ on Sunday (Aug. 16, 2009) and Thursday (Aug. 20, 2009).
Today (July 29th), the non-profit American Eagle Foundation released a captive-hatched Bald Eaglet into the wild in honor of Captain Joshua Todd Byers (US Army) who was killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq on July 23, 2003 at the age of 29.
CHICAGO — On Memorial Day 2009, “Challenger”- a 20-year old Bald Eagle – soared through the skies over Wrigley Field during singing of the National Anthem to raise awareness for the “Illinois Military Family Relief Fund”.
On Saturday morning, May 10, 2009, High Point University had beautiful blue skies, a guest speaker who has seen blue skies from a perspective few people ever have, and a majestic Bald Eagle named ‘Challenger’ – who is also very familiar with soaring in that big blue sky.
Challenger, a 20-year-old male Bald Eagle named in honor of the lost space shuttle crew, stopped by “Good Morning America” on April 5th with his handler Al Cecere, founder and president of the American Eagle Foundation.
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