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This year, Chatter Reunion was held on July 20-22, 2019 at Pigeon Forge, TN—and hats are off to everyone at AEF who worked so hard to make sure everyone had a great time.
In celebrating Challenger’s 30th Birthday in 2019, we look back at some special moments to revisit. This post focuses on 3 ProBowl events at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI—2002, 2003, & 2004.
Radnor Lake Aviary is hosting a free open house on June 20, American Eagle Day, to celebrate the comeback of the Bald Eagle to America’s Skies and to welcome visitors to their newly completed Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center.
In order to fund ongoing Bald Eagle conservation, the American Eagle Foundation conceived a plan that would create an endowment source to support this initiative for years to come.
American Eagle Foundation staff and Bald Eagle Challenger were guests at an impressive ceremony on June 28, 2007 at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne talked about the dramatic recovery of the Bald Eagle to a group gathered to hear the announcement that the Bald Eagle was being removed from the Endangered Species List.
CALL TO ACTION! The Erie nesting Bald Eagles are sounding the alert regarding the significant amount of extractive, commercial, residential, and other development rapidly encroaching on eagle habitat in Colorado’s northern Front Range.
Keep Sevier Beautiful partners with American Eagle Foundation to clean up Little Pigeon River June 15, 2018.
The special Tennessee license plate features the image of Challenger and is a needed source of revenue for the American Eagle Foundation. The plate can be purchased by Tennessee residents from their County Clerk.
June 20, 2019 is the 24th Anniversary of the first national observance of American Eagle Day!
There will never be another Challenger. This blog is dedicated to his life and the inspiration he has provided—and continues to provide—to millions of people in America and around the globe.
On July 2, 1999, Bald Eagle Challenger was an invited guest at the South Lawn of the White House as President Clinton announced plans to remove our nation’s National Symbol from the endangered species list.
Challenger makes first-ever free flight into a stadium on August 16, 1996 during the Opening Ceremonies of the Paralympic Games in Atlanta.
Challenger’s First Time came on the night of April 4, 1997. The Atlanta Braves – the hottest baseball team of the 90s – had a new stadium, Turner Field, and this was their home opener! To honor the occasion, many celebrities were on hand, including former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, the Governor of Georgia, Zell Miller, and Hank Aaron—the greatest home-run hitter of all time!
2019 marked Challenger’s 15th year of involvement in the Horatio Alger Awards! It’s an honor to work with such a prestigious and generous organization!
Through March 5th-9th, AEF staff members Nancy Zagaya, Vet Tech, and Victoria Howard, Avian Care Specialist, attended the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NWRA) Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri.
If you haven’t been keeping a close eye on the American Eagle Foundation’s activities for a while, you have probably missed some important news!
Each year, thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrate through or spend the winter on and around the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood, TN. On Jan. 19-20, 2019, a festival was held to celebrate the arrival of these magnificent birds, and also to call attention to the wildlife in Tennessee and the Native American history of the area.
We look forward to growing our channel and hope we can educate millions on Twitch about Bald Eagles and other Birds of Prey.
The American Eagle Foundation is excited to announce an alliance with the World Bird Sanctuary.
For the 6th consecutive year, the American Eagle Foundation has received the highest rating possible from Charity Navigator: 4 Stars!
What are some of the best eagle cams available on the internet? * The Northeast Florida Nest Cam; *The Smoky Mountain Eagle Cam; * The Berry College Eagle Cam; *The DC Eagle Cam; & *The Dollywood Nest Eagle Cam.
The American Eagle Foundation Board of Directors has 5 new members!
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.
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!