This is a momentous week for America’s bald eagles, and the legislation that has protected them. The country’s national symbol is officially off the endangered species list.
Challenger the Bald Eagle
The bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species yesterday during a ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial, as officials and environmentalists celebrated the national symbol’s historic recovery.
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2007 – After almost disappearing from the American scene, the Bald Eagle’s comeback is complete, thanks in part to the Defense Department.
WASHINGTON, D.C – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced the removal of the Bald Eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species at a ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Here in Florida, bald eagles have thrived for a decade, multiplying to a statewide population of 1,150 breeding pairs and giving this state, with Minnesota, bragging rights as the top eagle haven in the country.
June 28 (Bloomberg) — A Bald Eagle swept above a crowd at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington as the Interior Department declared that the national bird is no longer threatened with extinction after four decades as an endangered species.
The bald eagle was declared the nation’s symbol back in 1782. After nearly vanishing from the nation it represents, the American bald eagle has soared off the endangered species list.
The bald eagle Challenger has been asked to play a starring role at the expected announcement Thursday of the removal of his sort from the Endangered Species List.
Pigeon Forge, TN – June 26, 2007 — With the bald eagle scheduled to lose its Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection and related federal funding before June 29th, the American Eagle Foundation wants to inform concerned citizens and conservationists that their national symbol still needs help.
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, 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 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.
Pigeon Forge, TN, October 17, 2006 – The American bald eagle is set to be stripped of its Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection. The anticipated date is by June 29, 2007. With more than 7,000 pairs in the lower 48 states, eagle numbers have jumped markedly from the 417 pairs tallied in the DDT-driven 1960s – but many Americans remain unconvinced that the eagle is truly home free.
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