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?'”
American Eagle Foundation announces new endowment fund to support eagle monitoring and protection nationally after bird loses Edanagered Species Act protection and related government funding – Americans invited to build $100 million “nest-egg” for U.S. freedom symbol.
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.
St. Paul, Minn. – (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday it is working to remove the Bald Eagle from the list of endangered species, following a court decision ordering it do so by Feb. 16 unless it can prove further delays are necessary.
Challenger is the country’s most famous Bald Eagle, flying at sports events from stock car races to the World Series. He may well be our most powerful ambassador for wildlife, too, with an all-American appeal that no one can resist.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2004 — Just in time for the New Year, the “American Bald Eagle Recovery & National Emblem Commemorative Coin Act” (H.R. 4116) has been signed into law by President George W. Bush to celebrate and further aid the recovery of the American Bald Eagle. During the final hours of the 108th Congress, the House of Representatives and Senate passed the legislation by unanimous consent right after the Intelligence bill was voted on.
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, December 9, 2004 – While Congress was busy debating and passing a suitable Intelligence bill to help defend our nation’s security and freedoms, the very symbol of those rights (and the U.S.A. itself) was also getting a big boost to secure its own future health and welfare. The “American Bald Eagle Recovery & National Emblem Commemorative Coin Act” (H.R. 4116 & S.2889) was unanimously passed by the House and Senate by the end of the 108th Congress on Wednesday evening.
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, May. 12, 2004 -/E-Wire/– On June 20, 1782, the U.S.A.’s Founding Fathers selected the Bald Eagle as the central image of the United States national emblem at the Second Continental Congress. Since then, this majestic bird has come to represent the spirit of Freedom and Democracy that makes our nation great.
Challenger, the Bald Eagle, may be soaring to new heights of super-stardom during the coming year. If the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) gets its wish, the thirteen year-old free flying wonder will soon be featured in children’s books, a line of toys, and even on the silver screen. If those dreams come true, 2002 and beyond could be very prosperous for the U.S.A.’s freedom symbol.
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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