‘Volunteer,’ the bald eagle who escaped from Dollywood more than three weeks ago, is recovering from his adventures. He may not be able to talk about his experiences, but his body tells at least part of the tale. He was a bit dehydrated and probably weighs a bit less, but so far, his vet said he looks pretty good.
Rising to their feet in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., more than 67,000 spectators cover their hearts with their palms as the West Point Military Academy Glee Club begins to sing The Star-Spangled Banner. Young members of the Southwest Iowa Honor Marching Band, clad in blue jeans and white T-shirts, scurry across the football field, quickly unfurling a giant American flag until it gently waves like a red, white and blue ocean above the turf.
The Baltimore Orioles play at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. But earlier this winter, the stadium was home to a different kind of bird. It was a windy day in mid-December when the American Eagle Foundation from Pigeon Forge arrived in Florida to help rescue two Bald Eagle eggs from a new nest in a light tower high above the stadium.
The non-profit American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) has announced that one of the two eggs that it rescued from a lighting tower nest at the Orioles’ spring training ballpark in Sarasota, Florida has hatched, and the eaglet is being fed by an eagle puppet to prevent human-imprinting.
Pigeon Forge, TN – – Tennessee Governor Elect Bill Haslam and former TVA Chairman (and current board member) Bill Sansom recently joined the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) to release two rehabilitated bald eagles named “Cumberland” and “Patriot” on the Tennessee River near Knoxville in honor of America’s brave soldiers serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places globally.
Pigeon Forge, TN – – The non-profit American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) was recently recruited by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and an environmental consulting firm to participate in a special bald eagle egg rescue operation in Florida that has made the Orioles very happy…the baseball team that is.
The non-profit American Eagle Foundation released two captive-hatched Bald Eaglets into the wild today from an artificial nesting tower located on Douglas Lake.
The magnificent bald eagle, our living national symbol since 1782, may be off the endangered and threatened species lists, but it will require humanity’s assistance and protection for at least another 20 years to assure its continued recovery.
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.
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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