Pigeon Forge, Tenn – You may think Peyton Manning or Mark Sanchez were the stars of the AFC Championship game, but another undeniable star shone brightly that Sunday…the celebrity bald eagle Challenger.
Challenger’s remarkable journey provides inspiration. In an article by Bob Hatcher, the reader is taken from Challenger’s Humble Beginnings in 1989, when he was blown out of a nest in southern Louisiana, to the most recognized and famous Bald Eagle in America.
Pigeon Forge, TN — An American Bald Eagle shot in Tennessee earlier this year has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving – it’s flying again. But so does the family who rescued it.
Mr. Lincoln suddenly flapped his wings in an attempt to take flight, and a classroom full of third-graders at Fairview felt the air move in what was likely their first up close encounter with an American bald eagle.
CHICAGO — On Memorial Day 2009, “Challenger”- a 20-year old Bald Eagle – soared through the skies over Wrigley Field during singing of the National Anthem to raise awareness for the “Illinois Military Family Relief Fund”.
Challenger, a 20-year-old male Bald Eagle named in honor of the lost space shuttle crew, stopped by “Good Morning America” on April 5th with his handler Al Cecere, founder and president of the American Eagle Foundation.
Fallen war heroes receive all types of well-deserved honors, from medals to plaques to parades. But now, eight Tennessee military have a new way to honor their lost loved ones’ legacies forever.
On January 15th, 2008, the United States Mint created the American Bald Eagle Commemorative coin. The coins were created to signify the importance of the Bald Eagles as the national symbol of the United States, to America’s lands, skies and waterways, the recovery and restoration of the eagle, and to mark the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
The recently minted Challenger eagle commemorative coin went on sale on January 15th and will only be available for purchase from the United States Mint (www.usmint.gov ) until December 12, 2008 or until it sells out, whichever comes first.
Dandridge, Tenn.–For the first time, entertainment legend Dolly Parton had the opportunity to help release a bald eaglet into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, after it had been rescued as a fallen nestling from a wild nest and raised by the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) headquartered at her theme park Dollywood.
Dolly Parton’s PSA prompts everyone to help “Keep America’s Eagles Flying Strong and Free.”
WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will issue three limited-edition commemorative coins on January 15th celebrating the dramatic comeback of the Bald Eagle to America’s lands, waterways and skies, and marking the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON – The United States Mint released today the coin designs for the 2008 American Bald Eagle Recovery and National Emblem Commemorative Coin Program. Public Law 108-486, the American Bald Eagle Recovery and National Emblem Commemorative Coin Act, authorizes the United States Mint to mint and issue three commemorative coins in honor of the recovery of the Bald Eagle species, the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the Bald Eagle’s importance as a national symbol.
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.
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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