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.
AEF in the Media
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.
In late March 2009, an immature Bald Eagle suffered multiple wounds from a shotgun and was found by a concerned citizen in Cumberland County, TN. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency was notified and they made sure the bird received proper treatment.
On April 4th Challenger, the U.S.A.’s most famous Bald Eagle, was in town for the game between the Yankees and the Cubs.
Challenger participated in the ‘We Are One’ inauguration party for President Barack Obama.
Spectators at Sunday’s star-studded celebration at the Lincoln Memorial might have noticed the cameo by Challenger, an imposing bald eagle that appeared briefly on stage, flapped its wings and then exited with its handler.
Fallen war heroes receive all types of well-deserved honors, from medals to plaques to parades. But now, eight Tennessee military have a new way to honor their lost loved ones’ legacies forever.
During his career, Howard Baker, Jr. went from being a student at UT to serving three terms as a U.S. senator. Friday morning, he returned to his alma mater for the opening of a new center named after him.
On January 15th, 2008, the United States Mint created the American Bald Eagle Commemorative coin. The coins were created to signify the importance of the Bald Eagles as the national symbol of the United States, to America’s lands, skies and waterways, the recovery and restoration of the eagle, and to mark the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
WASHINGTON June 6, 2008 – The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution authored by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that designates June 20th as ‘American Eagle Day’ and calls attention to the 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program which could raise over $10 million for the Tennessee-based American Eagle Foundation. Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) is the lead Democratic cosponsor of the resolution.
Dandridge, Tenn.–For the first time, entertainment legend Dolly Parton had the opportunity to help release a bald eaglet into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, after it had been rescued as a fallen nestling from a wild nest and raised by the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) headquartered at her theme park Dollywood.
Today, on America’s birthday, Freedom, Spirit, and Democracy will rise from the Great Smoky Mountains in a celebratory flight of independence.
The Bald Eagle is being removed from the Endangered Species List.
Photos of Bald Eagle Challenger, featured in the China Daily website.
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne yesterday announced the removal of the bald eagle from the list of “threatened” species, a move that President Bush called “a wonderful way to celebrate this Fourth of July” holiday.
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.
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