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.
Eagles in the News
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.
Two bald eaglets rescued Monday may make their first flights after a fast-moving storm destroyed their Sevier County nest and sent them tumbling some 75 feet to the ground.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the shooting of two (2) bald eagles in eastern Tennessee. A reward of up to $22,000 ($11,000 per eagle/ responsible subject) is being offered for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting these eagles.
The University of Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory is working with researchers from Iowa State University to study and test lead levels of Bald Eagles in Iowa. Iowa is home to 5000 wintering and nesting bald eagles. The collaboration between the two universities will benefit the eagle population and the state. The research, published May 13, 2013, was part of a 2-year study and made possible by a state wildlife grant and the American Eagle Foundation.
During 2012, the American Eagle Foundation provided a grant to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to prepare a 20-minute video that provides guidelines for volunteers to monitor bald eagle nesting, under guidance of state wildlife agencies and conservation organizations.
Helicopters reportedly flew too close to a bald eagle nest in a field near Kroger on Highway 66 (Winfield Dunn Parkway) in Sevierville, but an official from the American Eagle Foundation and representatives from two helicopter tour companies say the issue has been resolved.
On November 28, 2012, Al Cecere, Founder and President of the American Eagle Foundation, was honored on the GAC national cable network’s Great American Heroes TV show hosted by country music artist Trace Adkins. Al was recognized for his 30 years of dedication and accomplishments contributing to the rebound of our National Symbol, the Bald Eagle, through his passionate work at the AEF.
The American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) has been a major proponent of establishing a special national day to celebrate the Bald Eagle’s symbolism and dramatic recovery from the brink of extinction.
In 2010, a Golden Eagle was accidentally caught in 2 steel leg-hold traps which were baited with deer meat. At first, the eagle caught a talon in his left foot; then, struggling to free itself, the eagle fell into the second trap which tore into its breast. Struggling against both traps, the eagle sustained more and more damage to its chest. When it was discovered, the eagle was taken to the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine and treated for its injuries. The talon had to be amputated, and the eagle was then taken to the American Eagle Foundation for rehabilitation.
The American Eagle Foundation has announced the winners of its first annual nationwide Bald Eagle project grants.
The non-profit American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) released three captive-hatched Bald Eaglets into the wild. One eaglet was named Halo in honor of Sgt. First Class Carlos M. Santos-Silva who was killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on March 22, 2010.
Two 13-week old bald eaglets named the ‘Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’ were released into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on Thursday, July 14, by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) from an artificial nesting tower located on Douglas Lake in East Tennessee.
The American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) released a 14-week-old Bald Eaglet into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains Sunday afternoon (4-17-2011) to honor U.S. Army Ranger Cpl. Ryan C. McGhee (http://for-ryan-from-mom.webs.com/) who was given the Purple Heart, Bronze Star (with V-Device) and other awards for helping save the lives of two of his fellow soldier in Iraq when they were pinned down by enemy gunfire. The majestic young eagle had previously been hatched and raised in Tennessee by AEF staff from an egg rescued from a stadium lighting tower nest in Sarasota, Florida.
The non-profit American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) has announced that a Bald Eaglet hatched from an egg rescued last December from a lighting tower nest at the Orioles’ spring training ballpark in Sarasota, Florida was recently transported to an artificial nesting tower on Douglas Lake in East Tennessee (on Feb. 11, 2011). The eaglet previously had hatched from its egg inside an incubator and was fed with an eagle puppet at the AEF’s United States Eagle Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.
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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