Take a minute to give thanks for the years of work the late Bob Hatcher did in coordinating efforts by state and federal agencies and private entrepreneurs to return the national symbolic bird to Tennessee.
Eagles in the News
Wild Bald Eagles ‘Romeo’ & ‘Juliet’ hatch first egg / eaglet in time for Christmas, exciting viewers worldwide!
Both Dollywood and AEF are celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year, and it turns out that these disabled Bald Eagle parents, named ‘Independence’ and ‘Franklin,’ are raising their 30th eaglet.
As June 18 approached, signaling another AEF Reunion combined with American Eagle Day, excitement built to over-the-top levels! Emails and Facebook posts lit up the Internet – filled with anticipation as to what these three days would bring. Finally, everyone participating in Reunion had arrived! Reservations for the Reunion topped out at 100, with more on the waiting list.
New York City Audubon confirmed that a pair of bald eagles are nesting on the South Shore of Staten Island, the first such touchdown in the city in 100 years.
Tens of thousands of eagle lovers and enthusiasts around the Globe have been watching the American Eagle Foundation’s High-Definition Video Cams placed over a wild nest in Northeast Florida—and for a very special reason. Two eggs have hatched over the past several days. One of those happened to hatch Christmas Day, December 25, 2014.
On April 24, 2014, the American Eagle Foundation released a one-year-old male Bald Eagle “Winfield” back into the wild.
“By itself, it’s a great, yet challenging, success story. We love seeing an eagle fly free again after being rehabilitated. This particular case, however, comes with an extremely amazing backstory that began in Alaska,” said AEF Founder and President Al Cecere.
Axis Communications, the global leader in network HD video, issued a press release on Earth Day, April 22, recognizing non-profit organizations that raise awareness about wildlife and conservation projects by streaming live video of animal habitats using Axis Cameras.
On April 20, a 6-week-old captive-hatched Bald Eaglet arrived from the Wildlife Sanctuary of Florida for eventual release into the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
On August 2, 2013, Destiny and Thunderbird, offspring of non-releasable Bald Eagles Independence and Franklin, fledged from the American Eagle Foundation hack tower on Douglas Lake in East Tennessee.
On the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Specied Act (December 28, 2013), the Endangered Species Coalition marked this important milestone with a new report highlighting 10 of the great wildlife conservation accomplishments since the Act’s passage in 1973.
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.
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.
The American Eagle is slowly being repopulated after years of decline thanks to the American Eagle Foundation, which Friday released two young birds into the wild at their hack tower location in Dandridge.
The last of nine eaglets hatched at the American Eagle Foundation at Dollywood this summer were released into the wild on Friday, August 2, 2013. The foundation released the 13-week-old male and female birds at Douglas Lake.
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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