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.
Eagles in the News
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.
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 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.
Background photo ©Byron Jorjorian