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The representatives of the AEF were excited about the opportunity to share the scope of our conservation efforts on a world-wide stage, and to learn about conservation efforts involving eagles in other parts of the world.
On October 24th, 2018 Challenger was invited to participate in the the National Anthem Ceremonies. During an a cappella rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner performed by the singing group Veritas, Challenger was presented on Laura Sterbens’ glove. The evening was dedicated to celebrating our Veterans & Active Duty Military.
From the moment s/he hatched on May 3, 2018 through every stage of development, Valor was a perfect young eaglet. Safe and secure in the nest atop a Tulip Poplar tree, we saw only a clear road ahead and an eventual successful fledge.
On July 26th, the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) released its last juvenile Bald Eaglet of the summer into the wild in honor of Lance Corporal Jason Redifer (US Marine) who was killed in action in Babil Province, Iraq on January 31, 2015 at the age of 19.
Sequoyah was out the door before the gate was fully lifted; made a gorgeous, spectacular flight, and landed perfectly in a tree!
On June 21, 2018, Honeysuckle Hills in Pigeon Forge, TN, the American Eagle Foundation presented a Birds of Prey program for a 4-H Photography Club class.
On Thursday morning, June 28th, the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) will release Three 12-week-old Bald Eaglets into the wild to honor local first responders for Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg.
Enjoy a look-back at memories from the 2018 Chatter Reunion and American Eagle Day — Complete with slideshows and videos of the event!
DC6 & DC7 have their forever names!
Please consider a donation to help replace the roof of our Hack Tower on Douglas Lake!
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) will celebrate American Eagle Day Saturday, June 16, at Dollywood, and we hope you will join us there to commemorate the anniversary of the selection of the Bald Eagle as our National Symbol and to celebrate its physical recovery to America’s skies.
Keep Sevier Beautiful (KSB) and the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) are determined to clean up not just the waterways of Sevierville, TN, but also the surrounding ecosystem to help ensure the health and longevity of the animals that depend on this area as their source for food.
Keep Sevier Beautiful partners with American Eagle Foundation to clean up Little Pigeon River June 15, 2018.
A fish was brought to the nest by one of the parent eagles that had spinner bait with a hook and braided line attached to it. One of the eaglets swallowed the hook.
The eaglets are the 14th, 15th, & 16th hatched from eggs laid by Lady Independence & Sir Hatcher I & Sir Hatcher II.
Bald Eagles Mr. President and The First Lady have welcomed their second egg of 2018 into their National Arboretum nest in Washington, DC.
It’s long. It’s wonderful! Grab a soda or a cup of coffee, find a cozy place, and enjoy the season again through the eyes of our wonderful NEFL Volunteers!
At the 2018 Celebrity Fight Night, Julia Cecere and Challenger wowed the crowd during the National Anthem.
When the Eagles went to the Superbowl, Radio Station WHYY decided to have a campaign to raise money for the American Eagle Foundation.
McKinley Elementary School sponsored a “Protect the National Bird Day.” Students and staff showed their support for the conservation movement.
AEF’s Smoky Mountain Eagle Nest Cam Is Now Live
Challenger the eagle has become a source of inspiration and an unofficial mascot for fans of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Challenger flew magnificently over a field-sized United States flag at Lincoln Financial Field in the 2018 NFC Championship Game.
The American Eagle Foundation is proud to announce the sixth year for its support of eagle conservation and research through its Eagle Grants program.
We had a wonderful response to our contest to Name the Nestlings. Overwhelmingly, one set of names rose to the top, receiving a total of 351 votes from a total of 529 submittals by AEF members. NE18’s new name is Sky, and NE19’s new name is Spirit!
The World-Famous DC Eagle Cam Goes LIVE on New Year’s Eve, Featuring New Video Cameras & Microphones for Higher Quality 24/7 Viewing & Sound!
AEF Members can now vote to name NE18 and NE19.
“Romeo” & “Juliet Await Special Holiday Arrivals in Their Wild Florida Nest Again—After Surviving Hurricane Irma & Several Barred Owl Attacks
On September 20, 2017, Bald Eagle Challenger and AEF staff traveled to Springfield, MO to help celebrate the opening of Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
In his 11th appearance at a World Series game, Bald Eagle Challenger rocked the house with a perfect flight during the National Anthem.
The American Eagle Foundation’s trained non-releasable bald eagle “Challenger” will free-fly during the presentation of the Star Spangled Banner right before Game 3 of the World Series on Friday evening (Oct. 27, 2017) between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX.
Challenger has a busy schedule during the Fall. Check out recent stadium appearances Fall 2017.
For the 5th consecutive year, the American Eagle Foundation has received the highest rating possible from Charity Navigator: 4 Stars!
Southwest is honored to be a part of Challenger’s Team as he gears up to take flight.
‘Spirit’ has a new home. At the American Eagle Foundation, Spirit had very limited opportunities to educate and interact with the public, as she was a “gloves only” eagle. It was determined that the Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky would be a perfect fit for Spirit, where she can be an excellent glove educational ambassador.
ER2, ER3, & HB all successfully fledged from AEF’s hack tower on Douglas Lake July 25, 2017.
The 2017 “So The World May Hear” Starkey Gala set a record attendance, and once again, the AEF and Bald Eagle Mr. Lincoln played an important part.
In British Columbia, a little Red-tailed hawk was successfully raised in a Bald Eagle nest, along with 3 eaglets!
On July 25, 2017, the American Eagle Foundation released an eaglet in honor of a very special young man named Garrett Reece Barnett. He was born on September 11, 1992 in Gatlinburg, TN, and passed away on July 23, 2016, at the age of 23.
The 2017 Chatter Reunion and celebration of American Eagle Day was filled with adventure, good times, good food, a fantastic auction & dinner, and an education experience that will be remembered for years to come!
On June 20th, 2017, the American Eagle Foundation, along with the United States Congress and Governors coast to coast, invite U.S. citizens to celebrate “American Eagle Day” by remembering the Bald Eagle’s dramatic comeback, reflecting on its special symbolism, and conducting educational activities and ceremonies.