SANTA CATALINA ISLAND – Without a safety harness, wildlife biologist Peter B. Sharpe scales a steep crag to clamp ID bands on three Bald Eaglets as their screeching parents go into dive-bomb mode. He tries not to think about a similar encounter a few weeks earlier, when an eagle protecting its nest struck him with its talons, bloodying his face.
Pigeon Forge, TN, June 21, 2007 – On MySpace.com he’s described as an athletic, 2-foot tall male. He goes by the name of “Freedom Flyer,” and makes his home in the Tennessee foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Meet Challenger, the celebrity Bald Eagle with a special mission to educate people about protecting our nation’s natural resources – including bringing eagles and nature to young people absorbed day and night with the Internet.
Pigeon Forge, TN, June 20, 2007 – Two 13-week old Bald Eaglets named ‘California’ and ‘Tennessee’ were released by the American Eagle Foundation from a condo-like artificial nesting tower located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains – to celebrate the first “American Eagle Day” recently approved by Congress.
Pigeon Forge, TN, May 15, 2007 – The last four of six young Bald Eagles that recently hatched at the San Francisco Zoo touched down at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville via Delta Airlines on yesterday (Monday) morning.
Pigeon Forge, TN, May 4, 2007 – Yesterday evening at 9:15 p.m., the first two of seven young Bald Eagles (or “eaglets”) from the San Francisco Zoo will touch down at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, via Delta Airlines.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) received the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Conservation Award on May 1, 2007 at a special ceremony in Atlanta.
PIGEON FORGE, TN, May 1, 2007 – The not-for-profit American Eagle Foundation announced today that the U.S. Senate unanimously approved (at 8:03 p.m.) a special resolution naming June 20, 2007 “American Eagle Day.”
American Eagle Foundation (AEF) president Al Cecere, the celebrity Bald Eagle ‘Challenger’ and Gretchen Cecere (Jr.) meet Donald Trump at Muhammad Ali’s “Celebrity Fight Night” in Phoenix on March 24, 2007.
Pigeon Forge, TN – February 2007 –Look into the piercing yellow eyes of a Bald Eagle named Challenger and you sense the travails of America’s national symbol. “He is probably the most famous eagle in United States history,” said Al Cecere, founder of the nonprofit American Eagle Foundation. “You could be walking down Times Square and people will come up and ask, ‘Is that Challenger?'”
Pigeon Forge, TN – February 12, 2007 –Patriotic Americans who want a unique alternative to giving roses and chocolate this Valentine’s Day can express their love by making a donation in that special someone’s name to the not-for-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) to preserve a national treasure, the Bald Eagle, for generations to come.
Pigeon Forge, TN – February 7, 2007 –The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) has teamed up with the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), a million member non-profit charity organization active in 1,700 communities, and Timberlin Creek Elementary School (TCE) to support the TCE’s American Eagle & Literacy Challenge, a nationwide initiative to help preserve the Bald Eagle and promote childhood literacy in the United States.
Arizona conservationists on Friday made good on a threat issued in November to sue the government over endangered-species protection for Arizona’s Bald Eagles.
Americans view the Bald Eagle as our national symbol of history, freedom, and liberty. So in an age when national pride is valued so highly, it’s surprising that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering ending the Bald Eagles’ protection under the Endangered Species Act.
MINNEAPOLIS — Seven years after the U.S. government moved to take the Bald Eagle off the endangered species list, the Bush administration intends to complete the step by February, prodded by a frustrated libertarian property owner in Minnesota.
After more than 40 years of intense recovery efforts, the Bald Eagle is likely soon to be removed from the official list of endangered and threatened species. A court order has forced the US Fish and Wildlife Service to make its final decision no later than Feb. 16, 2007.
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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