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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.
ER2 and ER3, along with an eaglet hatched by Honor & Braveheart (HB), are all in excellent health and have begun the second stage of their life in their new compartments at the AEF hack tower on Douglas Lake.
The country owes thanks to Al Cecere, the volunteers and staff at the American Eagle Foundation, and to the many volunteers, conservation agency staffers, and other nonprofit organizations doing their best every day to keep an eagle eye on the raptor populations and make sure the majestic Bald Eagle and other birds of prey are with us long into the future.
On April 27th, Challenger the Bald Eagle and the American Eagle Foundation team traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in an educational presentation given by Joe Santiago. While in DC, the American Eagle Foundation took the opportunity to campaign for American Eagle Day! We visited the new Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, our own Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, and other various USDA offices.
The millions of viewers who have become addicted to watching bald eagles “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” on the DC Eagle Cam (dceaglecam.org) may want to keep their eyes glued to their computer screens beginning this weekend to hopefully see two fuzzy eaglets emerge from their eggs.
Peace is in rehab at the Audubon Birds of Prey Center in Maitland Florida. Follow his progress!