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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.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution late last night authored by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and cosponsored by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.) to designate June 20th as “American Eagle Day.”
KINGSTON – For the bald eagle named Tiny, Friday marked a return to freedom in the wild after months in captivity. Tossed aloft by a U.S. Ranger bound for Afghanistan, the bird exploded skyward in a burst of feathers before soaring majestically over Watts Bar Lake.
Two Bald Eaglets have emerged from eggs in an incubator at the American Eagle Foundation’s United States Eagle Center at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Two Bald Eaglets hatched recently in an incubator at the AEF’s center at Dollywood.
A Bald Eagle flew through the assembled crowd at the Interior Department’s Sidney Yates auditorium Friday morning, marking the unconventional start to a memorial honoring the late director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sam Hamilton. Hamilton, who died unexpectedly at the age of 54 during a ski trip in February, focused during his 30 years of federal service on conserving what his former colleague Jamie Rappaport Clark called “critters and special places.”
Pigeon Forge, Tenn – You may think Peyton Manning or Mark Sanchez were the stars of the AFC Championship game, but another undeniable star shone brightly that Sunday…the celebrity bald eagle Challenger.
Challenger’s remarkable journey provides inspiration. In an article by Bob Hatcher, the reader is taken from Challenger’s Humble Beginnings in 1989, when he was blown out of a nest in southern Louisiana, to the most recognized and famous Bald Eagle in America.
Pigeon Forge, TN — An American Bald Eagle shot in Tennessee earlier this year has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving – it’s flying again. But so does the family who rescued it.
Soaring over a sea of orange, Challenger made a spectacular appearance at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN before the game between the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University.
CLINTON – When he received a phone call in September about a badly injured Bald Eagle, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Vince Pontello said he didn’t believe it. “But sure enough, there it was,” Pontello said of the full-grown raptor, found huddled in thick bushes off Lawnville Road in Roane County.
New York, NY-November 12, 2009: Russell Simmons, Celebrity American Bald Eagle “Challenger”, Supermodels Heidi Albertsen and Julie Henderson, Miss Tanzania, Kosovo and Albania, Justine and Russy Simmons were on hand Tuesday night to help raise funds for Life Project for Africa.
Al Cecere, founder and president of the American Eagle Foundation, along with famous Bald Eagle Challenger appeared on Fox and Friends News today in commemoration of Veterans Day.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Spotting a former Dollywood resident so far from home is not quite so unusual unless it just happens to be one of the majestic Bald Eaglets hatched at the theme park’s American Eagle Foundation (AEF) facility in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Mr. Lincoln suddenly flapped his wings in an attempt to take flight, and a classroom full of third-graders at Fairview felt the air move in what was likely their first up close encounter with an American bald eagle.
Challenger, the non-releasable American Bald Eagle, made his scheduled arrival at John Wayne Airport. Held by his handler Al Cecere, who is president of the American Eagle Foundation, ‘Challenger’ made the trip to Orange County from his home at Dollywood in Tennessee where he later performed at the Life Changing Lives charity fundraiser gala Thursday at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.
Bald Eagle ‘Mr. Lincoln’ and American Eagle Foundation President Al Cecere participated in special events during the 101st Airborne’s ‘Week of the Eagles’ on Sunday (Aug. 16, 2009) and Thursday (Aug. 20, 2009).
Today (July 29th), the non-profit American Eagle Foundation released a captive-hatched Bald Eaglet into the wild in honor of Captain Joshua Todd Byers (US Army) who was killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq on July 23, 2003 at the age of 29.
CHICAGO — On Memorial Day 2009, “Challenger”- a 20-year old Bald Eagle – soared through the skies over Wrigley Field during singing of the National Anthem to raise awareness for the “Illinois Military Family Relief Fund”.
On Saturday morning, May 10, 2009, High Point University had beautiful blue skies, a guest speaker who has seen blue skies from a perspective few people ever have, and a majestic Bald Eagle named ‘Challenger’ – who is also very familiar with soaring in that big blue sky.
Challenger, a 20-year-old male Bald Eagle named in honor of the lost space shuttle crew, stopped by “Good Morning America” on April 5th with his handler Al Cecere, founder and president of the American Eagle Foundation.
In late March 2009, an immature Bald Eagle suffered multiple wounds from a shotgun and was found by a concerned citizen in Cumberland County, TN. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency was notified and they made sure the bird received proper treatment.
On April 4th Challenger, the U.S.A.’s most famous Bald Eagle, was in town for the game between the Yankees and the Cubs.
The Bald Eagle ‘Challenger’ and AEF President Al Cecere were guests at the 2009 Horatio Alger Awards Ceremony held at Constitution Hall in Washington DC on April 3, 2009.
Challenger participated in the ‘We Are One’ inauguration party for President Barack Obama.
Spectators at Sunday’s star-studded celebration at the Lincoln Memorial might have noticed the cameo by Challenger, an imposing bald eagle that appeared briefly on stage, flapped its wings and then exited with its handler.
Less than two years after the Bald Eagle was removed from the federal government’s endangered species list, an environmental organization in Maine has found an alarming accumulation of mercury in the blood and feathers of Bald Eagle chicks in the Catskill Park region of New York.
The non-profit American Eagle Foundation announced today that the United States Mint’s 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins continue to be a popular seller, but emphasized that time is quickly running out for collectors to obtain a special part of American history.
Fallen war heroes receive all types of well-deserved honors, from medals to plaques to parades. But now, eight Tennessee military have a new way to honor their lost loved ones’ legacies forever.
As America prepares to remember its military servicemen and women on Veteran’s Day, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) held a special ceremony at its national eagle center to honor eight fallen soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq. In memory of these heroes, each of their families was invited to name a breeding Bald Eagle cared for by this conservation non-profit.
During his career, Howard Baker, Jr. went from being a student at UT to serving three terms as a U.S. senator. Friday morning, he returned to his alma mater for the opening of a new center named after him.
The non-profit American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) announced today the United States Mint’s 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins are selling very well, and have already raised over $6 million dollars for the future protection of Bald Eagles.
On January 15th, 2008, the United States Mint created the American Bald Eagle Commemorative coin. The coins were created to signify the importance of the Bald Eagles as the national symbol of the United States, to America’s lands, skies and waterways, the recovery and restoration of the eagle, and to mark the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., July 24, 2008 — Two 14-week old Bald Eaglets named ‘Hope’ and ‘Tennessee’ by Hannah Montana TV stars Miley Cyrus and her father were released by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) from a condo-like artificial nesting tower located on Douglas Lake in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. A group of Miley fans were on hand to help set the eagles free.
The recently minted Challenger eagle commemorative coin went on sale on January 15th and will only be available for purchase from the United States Mint (www.usmint.gov ) until December 12, 2008 or until it sells out, whichever comes first.
WASHINGTON June 6, 2008 – The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution authored by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that designates June 20th as ‘American Eagle Day’ and calls attention to the 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program which could raise over $10 million for the Tennessee-based American Eagle Foundation. Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) is the lead Democratic cosponsor of the resolution.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., May 12, 2008 — Three newly hatched sibling Bald Eaglets snuggle close together on a cool spring day at the Dollywood family entertainment park’s “Eagle Mountain Sanctuary” aviary operated by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org).
Dandridge, Tenn.–For the first time, entertainment legend Dolly Parton had the opportunity to help release a bald eaglet into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, after it had been rescued as a fallen nestling from a wild nest and raised by the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) headquartered at her theme park Dollywood.
Dolly Parton’s PSA prompts everyone to help “Keep America’s Eagles Flying Strong and Free.”
WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will issue three limited-edition commemorative coins on January 15th celebrating the dramatic comeback of the Bald Eagle to America’s lands, waterways and skies, and marking the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON – The United States Mint released today the coin designs for the 2008 American Bald Eagle Recovery and National Emblem Commemorative Coin Program. Public Law 108-486, the American Bald Eagle Recovery and National Emblem Commemorative Coin Act, authorizes the United States Mint to mint and issue three commemorative coins in honor of the recovery of the Bald Eagle species, the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the Bald Eagle’s importance as a national symbol.
For Bob Hatcher, being named president of The Carnegians Inc. at its annual national convention was something he simply took in stride.
Today, on America’s birthday, Freedom, Spirit, and Democracy will rise from the Great Smoky Mountains in a celebratory flight of independence.
Pigeon Forge, TN – July 3, 2007 — Three Bald Eaglets named ‘Freedom,’ ‘Spirit,’ and ‘Democracy’ will be released by the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) from a condo-like artificial nesting tower located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on July 4th – to celebrate “Independence Day” and the comeback of the Bald Eagle to the United States.
The Bald Eagle is being removed from the Endangered Species List.
Photos of Bald Eagle Challenger, featured in the China Daily website.
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne yesterday announced the removal of the bald eagle from the list of “threatened” species, a move that President Bush called “a wonderful way to celebrate this Fourth of July” holiday.
This is a momentous week for America’s bald eagles, and the legislation that has protected them. The country’s national symbol is officially off the endangered species list.
Thirty-five years ago, a visitor to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum would have been hard-pressed to see a Bald Eagle.
The bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species yesterday during a ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial, as officials and environmentalists celebrated the national symbol’s historic recovery.