Since Tennessee’s Bald Eagle recovery efforts began in 1980, strategic partnerships have been crucial to accomplishing Bald Eagle conservation goals. Steve Ward, Manager of the Radnor Lake State Natural Area of Nashville, TN, recently invited the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) to partner with Radnor Lake this coming year to update their Bald Eagle display and to finalize the design of Radnor’s Bald Eagle aviary, which is already under construction and is expected to open in Spring of 2014.
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.
In November 2013, the American Eagle Foundation announced the winners of its 2014 nationwide Bald Eagle project grants. AEF awarded $99,986 for projects within the grant limit of $100,000 for 2014. The following 8 winning projects are listed alphabetically (by lead agency), with most having multiple partners and cooperators:
On November 4, 2013, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to “catch up” all the eagles inside Dollywood’s “Eagle Mountain Sanctuary” educational exhibit to perform annual physicals by University of Tennessee veterinarians and veterinary students. Also, the eagle nests were refurbished and grounds were cleaned inside the aviary in preparation for another season.
For the first time ever, the American Eagle Foundation placed satellite transmitters on two 13-week-old eaglets, Destiny & Thunderbird in order to document their travels.
In a small, tucked away corner of Sevier County near one of the most popular amusement parks in the country, a group of dedicated workers is helping our national symbol – the Bald Eagle.
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.
‘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.
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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