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On Friday morning, June 24th, the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) released a 13-week-old Bald Eaglet named “Hope” (patagial tag “H6”) into the wild to remember and honor the 49 victims who were recently killed in the Orlando mass shooting on June 12th, 2016.
Our 3rd Annual Chatter Reunion was held June 16-18 at Pigeon Forge, TN. Chatters, Moderators, and Cam Operators came from all over the United States and even Canada [ 16 states plus Canada ] to experience and celebrate what the American Eagle Foundation stands for, and to join with other Kindred Spirits for fun and fellowship.
The male eagle “Liberty” at the National Arboretum fledged from his nest tree at 6:12 am on June 9th.
The sale of nearly 6000 Limited-Edition DC Eagle Cam T-shirts has assisted in keeping the DC Eagle Cam running successfully.
On June 5th, around 2:30pm EST, “Freedom,” one of the two young eagles residing in the nest of “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” in the U.S. National Arboretum, fledged the nest!
Millions of race fans from around the world got a very brief glimpse of the celebrity Bald Eagle “Challenger” as he soared over Turn One at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the singing of God Bless America (Indianapolis Children’s Choir) before the start of the Indy 500’s 100th Running race on Memorial Day Weekend.
It’s almost time for parent eagles “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” to say goodbye to “Freedom” and “Liberty,” the now not-so-little eagles residing inside a bald eagle nest at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
DC2 & DC3, the two adorable Bald Eaglets watched daily by hundreds of thousands of viewers on www.dceaglecam.org, now have new names! This past week, five of the most popular name pairs that were suggested via the “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign were put to a final public vote. More than 36,000 people voted. The winning names?
On Earth Day, we are reminded of a quotation made by Chief Seattle in 1855: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
Nest cam fans from around the world recently participated in a “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign to suggest names for “DC2” and “DC3” the two eaglets currently residing in the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Thousands of names were submitted via the hashtag campaign, and now five of the most popular suggested name pairs and are being put to a final public vote!
Since hatching, the adorable bald eaglets that reside inside a nest at the U.S. National Arboretum have been referred to as “DC2” and “DC3,” as these are the second and third eaglets raised by parents “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” at this nest location. Now, however, the D.C. Eagle Cam partners and cooperators (American Eagle Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, D.C. Department of Energy & Environment, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) are looking for two creative and symbolic names for these eaglets that live up to the names of their parents
Millions of people were glued to their computers and mobile devices this week watching dceaglecam.eagles.org and waiting for the eggs of ‘Mr. President’ & ‘The First Lady’ to hatch LIVE on the Washington D.C. Eagle Nest Cam.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) and the cooperative partners of the project are proud to announce that there are now two healthy eaglets residing in the nest that sits high in a Tulip Poplar tree in the U.S. National Arboretum, right inside the Nation’s Capitol.
Since mid-February, hundreds of thousands of viewers have tuned into dceaglecam.eagles.org to watch two live-streaming, high definition cameras featuring the wild nest of Bald Eagles “Mr. President” & “The First Lady.” These parents have been faithfully incubating two eggs at the top of a Tulip Poplar tree in the U.S. National Arboretum, right inside the Nation’s Capitol.
Their devoted attention and dedicated efforts finally began to pay off last night, as the first eaglet began its “pipping” process! “Pipping” occurs when an eaglet uses the tip of its beak to break through the internal membrane and the outer shell of its egg.
The tens of thousands of viewers who have become addicted to watching Bald Eagles “Mr. President” & “The First Lady” on the D.C. Eagle Nest Cam (dceaglecam.org) may want to keep their eyes glued to their computer screens this week to hopefully see two fuzzy eaglets hatch from their eggs.
Viewers from all over the world can now watch the nest of “Mr. President” and “The First Lady,” a pair of Bald Eagles nesting in Washington DC at the U.S. National Arboretum.
he American Eagle Foundation is once again proud to announce next year’s successful eagle grants applicants. For 2016, seven applicants for American Eagle Foundation grants were selected to receive in $100,251 in funding for work to be carried out in 2016.
The American Eagle Foundation has earned its third consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, recognized as the leading charity evaluator in America..
On Sunday December 13th, Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry hosted an exclusive Holiday Benefit Show featuring American Idol’s Clark Beckham (season 14 runner-up), singer/songwriter James Rogers, and the famous free-flying Bald Eagle Challenger. The benefit show celebrated the American Eagle Foundation’s (AEF) 30th anniversary and raised more than $38,000 to help care for and Protect America’s Eagles®.
Florida has 1,340 nesting territories (based on 2008-2009 nesting season data) and is home to more nesting pairs than any other state, except Alaska and Minnesota.
Take a minute to give thanks for the years of work the late Bob Hatcher did in coordinating efforts by state and federal agencies and private entrepreneurs to return the national symbolic bird to Tennessee.
2015 marks Challenger’s 20th Anniversary free-flying at various sporting events, conventions, and trade shows around the country! Check out what Challenger has been up to during the Fall of 2015!
Wild Bald Eagles ‘Romeo’ & ‘Juliet’ hatch first egg / eaglet in time for Christmas, exciting viewers worldwide!
On Sunday December 13th at 8 p.m., Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry will host an exclusive Holiday Benefit Show featuring American Idol’s Clark Beckham, singer/songwriter James Rogers, and the famous free-flying Bald Eagle Challenger. VIP Tickets are selling for $125 (100% of VIP ticket proceeds support the non-profit AEF and can be claimed as a tax-deductible donation).
Before Challenger soars around the stadium for his stirring portion of the pregame routine, the Bald Eagle takes the same trip upstairs as many fans heading to the upper deck. He rides the elevator.
For nearly 15 years, the AEF has been releasing captive-bred and translocated Eaglets in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains from its Hack Tower on Douglas Lake. In 2015, we experienced yet another successful breeding and hacking season with the release of 10 young Bald Eaglets!
American Idol runner-up Clark Beckham, American Eagle Foundation President Al Cecere, and celebrity educational Bald Eagle ‘Challenger’ meet at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge to promote a special December 13th benefit show supporting the non-profit eagle care and protection charity.
The partnership between the American Eagle Foundation and Field & Stream began in the summer of 2013. Through the end of 2015, the AEF has participated in the Grand Openings of 17 Field & Stream stores, accompanied by Bald Eagles Challenger, Mr. Lincoln, and Spirit.
The famous educational ambassador Bald Eagle ‘Challenger’ revisited Ground Zero in NYC during 2015.
Around 225 Lincoln Elementary School students could not contain their excitement Thursday afternoon when learning about eagles from an American Eagle Foundation moderator that some interacted with through web-based class lessons.
Both Dollywood and AEF are celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year, and it turns out that these disabled Bald Eagle parents, named ‘Independence’ and ‘Franklin,’ are raising their 30th eaglet.
Each year, Bill and Tani Austin of the Starkey Foundation, hold a gala in St. Paul Minnesota to raise money for their hearing foundation. Tables are “purchased” at different prices by individuals, groups, or companies. In addition, both a silent auction and a live auction are held, raising additional funds, which are used by Starkey to fund their mission.
As June 18 approached, signaling another AEF Reunion combined with American Eagle Day, excitement built to over-the-top levels! Emails and Facebook posts lit up the Internet – filled with anticipation as to what these three days would bring. Finally, everyone participating in Reunion had arrived! Reservations for the Reunion topped out at 100, with more on the waiting list.
An Eagle released into the wild by the American Eagle Foundation back in 2008, is now back home to start her own family.
On behalf of Charity Navigator, I wish to congratulate American Eagle Foundation on achieving our coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
New York City Audubon confirmed that a pair of bald eagles are nesting on the South Shore of Staten Island, the first such touchdown in the city in 100 years.
Non-releasable Bald Eagles Independence and Franklin live in an enormous aviary at Dollywood on AEF’s Eagle Mountain Sanctuary. Since 2002, they have successfully raised 29 eaglets that have been released into the wild.
Washington D.C. is joining the effort to establish a national American Eagle day.
Before the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final began on April 6, 2015, the air was electric with excitement inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Duke Blue Devils vs Wisconsin Badgers – both teams poised to claim victory.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is in its second year of streaming live HD video from a wild Bald Eagle nest in Northeast Florida. For 7 documented seasons, Bald Eagle pair ‘Romeo’ & ‘Juliet’ have returned to their nest high atop a slash pine tree to renew their bond and raise a new family of eaglets. This year, a second HD camera was added—or a total of 3 HD cams on the nest, allowing for unparalleled views in the daily life of these eagles. Hundreds of thousands of viewers have watched at www.eagles.org.
Bald Eagle Challenger was part of the pre-race show before the start of the Daytona 500 Sunday. Before every event, Challenger is given an opportunity to practice, so that he will be familiar with the space into which he is flying
The American Eagle Foundation is proud to announce eight successful eagle grants applicants for 2015. This year, $100,038 in grants will be awarded. This is the third year the American Eagle Foundation has sponsored grants for work that conserves and protects eagles, awarding grants totaling in excess of $300,000. We appreciate the important work of these grantees, and are honored to be able to contribute to the continued success of the Bald Eagle.
For the past 2 years, the American Eagle Foundation has provided HD Live Video from a nest of wild Bald Eagles in Northeast Florida. The parent eagles, “Romeo” and “Juliet” built this sturdy nest and have been returning every fall to refurbish the nest, lay eggs, and raise their eaglets.
The American Eagle Foundation strongly believes that all generations should be educated about nature, the environment, and the beauty of Bald Eagles and birds of prey.
Fall means Football for American Eagle Foundation (AEF) staff and Bald Eagle Challenger. Challenger is loaded into his custom-made carrier, carefully placed inside a Delta plane, and flown to a variety of stadiums across the nation. Hundreds of thousands of sports enthusiasts are inevitably captivated as they watch this famous non-releasable, free-flying Bald Eagle, the U.S.A’s living symbol of Freedom, soar majestically over their heads and into the stadium as the Star Spangled Banner is performed during pre-game festivities.
Tens of thousands of eagle lovers and enthusiasts around the Globe have been watching the American Eagle Foundation’s High-Definition Video Cams placed over a wild nest in Northeast Florida—and for a very special reason. Two eggs have hatched over the past several days. One of those happened to hatch Christmas Day, December 25, 2014.
Challenger the Bald Eagle soared into an NFL stadium during the National Anthem—wearing a camera!
High up in a Longleaf Pine tree, Romeo and Juliet built a nest many years ago. Bonded for life, they return home to this nest each Fall to bring little ones into the world. This year, Romeo came back first. He was sighted on August 28th, 2014, and was often seen at the nest (and on other trees in the area) waiting patiently for his Juliet. Juliet stayed away longer than usual, but returned safe and sound on September 14th. After getting reacquainted, they earnestly began their “nestorations,” preparing for egg-laying and the raising of their new eaglets.
Amazon.Com has recently initiated a corporate philanthropy program which allows Amazon shoppers to direct 0.5 percent of purchases they make at Amazon to the charitable organization of their choice. Amazon will then donate the money on behalf of the customers to that organization.
Retired TWRA Biologist Bob Hatcher was laid to rest today (July 27, 2014) after a funeral service at Antioch Methodist Church in Nashville. The following is about about Bob and an eagle release a few weeks prior to his passing.