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In 1963, the lower 48 states were home to barely 400 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles. Today, after decades of conservation effort, they are home to some 10,000 nesting pairs, a 25-fold increase in the last 40 years.
WASHINGTON, D.C – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced the removal of the Bald Eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species at a ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Here in Florida, bald eagles have thrived for a decade, multiplying to a statewide population of 1,150 breeding pairs and giving this state, with Minnesota, bragging rights as the top eagle haven in the country.
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The American Bald Eagle, the symbol of the United States, which once teetered on the brink of extinction, has rebounded sufficiently to be removed from a list of endangered US animals, officials in Washington announced Thursday.
June 28 (Bloomberg) — A Bald Eagle swept above a crowd at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington as the Interior Department declared that the national bird is no longer threatened with extinction after four decades as an endangered species.
The announcement by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne caps a four-decade struggle to help the national symbol recover.
The bald eagle was declared the nation’s symbol back in 1782. After nearly vanishing from the nation it represents, the American bald eagle has soared off the endangered species list.
The bald eagle Challenger has been asked to play a starring role at the expected announcement Thursday of the removal of his sort from the Endangered Species List.
Pigeon Forge, TN – June 26, 2007 — With the bald eagle scheduled to lose its Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection and related federal funding before June 29th, the American Eagle Foundation wants to inform concerned citizens and conservationists that their national symbol still needs help.
SANTA CATALINA ISLAND – Without a safety harness, wildlife biologist Peter B. Sharpe scales a steep crag to clamp ID bands on three Bald Eaglets as their screeching parents go into dive-bomb mode. He tries not to think about a similar encounter a few weeks earlier, when an eagle protecting its nest struck him with its talons, bloodying his face.
Pigeon Forge, TN, June 21, 2007 – On MySpace.com he’s described as an athletic, 2-foot tall male. He goes by the name of “Freedom Flyer,” and makes his home in the Tennessee foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Meet Challenger, the celebrity Bald Eagle with a special mission to educate people about protecting our nation’s natural resources – including bringing eagles and nature to young people absorbed day and night with the Internet.
Pigeon Forge, TN, June 20, 2007 – Two 13-week old Bald Eaglets named ‘California’ and ‘Tennessee’ were released by the American Eagle Foundation from a condo-like artificial nesting tower located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains – to celebrate the first “American Eagle Day” recently approved by Congress.
Pigeon Forge, TN, May 15, 2007 – The last four of six young Bald Eagles that recently hatched at the San Francisco Zoo touched down at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville via Delta Airlines on yesterday (Monday) morning.
Pigeon Forge, TN, May 4, 2007 – Yesterday evening at 9:15 p.m., the first two of seven young Bald Eagles (or “eaglets”) from the San Francisco Zoo will touch down at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, via Delta Airlines.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) received the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Conservation Award on May 1, 2007 at a special ceremony in Atlanta.
PIGEON FORGE, TN, May 1, 2007 – The not-for-profit American Eagle Foundation announced today that the U.S. Senate unanimously approved (at 8:03 p.m.) a special resolution naming June 20, 2007 “American Eagle Day.”
American Eagle Foundation (AEF) president Al Cecere, the celebrity Bald Eagle ‘Challenger’ and Gretchen Cecere (Jr.) meet Donald Trump at Muhammad Ali’s “Celebrity Fight Night” in Phoenix on March 24, 2007.
Pigeon Forge, TN – February 2007 –Look into the piercing yellow eyes of a Bald Eagle named Challenger and you sense the travails of America’s national symbol. “He is probably the most famous eagle in United States history,” said Al Cecere, founder of the nonprofit American Eagle Foundation. “You could be walking down Times Square and people will come up and ask, ‘Is that Challenger?'”
Pigeon Forge, TN – February 12, 2007 –Patriotic Americans who want a unique alternative to giving roses and chocolate this Valentine’s Day can express their love by making a donation in that special someone’s name to the not-for-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) to preserve a national treasure, the Bald Eagle, for generations to come.
Pigeon Forge, TN – February 7, 2007 –The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) has teamed up with the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), a million member non-profit charity organization active in 1,700 communities, and Timberlin Creek Elementary School (TCE) to support the TCE’s American Eagle & Literacy Challenge, a nationwide initiative to help preserve the Bald Eagle and promote childhood literacy in the United States.
Arizona conservationists on Friday made good on a threat issued in November to sue the government over endangered-species protection for Arizona’s Bald Eagles.
Americans view the Bald Eagle as our national symbol of history, freedom, and liberty. So in an age when national pride is valued so highly, it’s surprising that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering ending the Bald Eagles’ protection under the Endangered Species Act.
MINNEAPOLIS — Seven years after the U.S. government moved to take the Bald Eagle off the endangered species list, the Bush administration intends to complete the step by February, prodded by a frustrated libertarian property owner in Minnesota.
After more than 40 years of intense recovery efforts, the Bald Eagle is likely soon to be removed from the official list of endangered and threatened species. A court order has forced the US Fish and Wildlife Service to make its final decision no later than Feb. 16, 2007.
American Eagle Foundation announces new endowment fund to support eagle monitoring and protection nationally after bird loses Edanagered Species Act protection and related government funding – Americans invited to build $100 million “nest-egg” for U.S. freedom symbol.
Plan to remove bird from ‘threatened’ list worries some. Bald Eagles have been seen soaring around Middle Tennessee, including Sumner, Wilson and Williamson counties, but a plan to remove them from protection of the U.S. Endangered Species Act worries some experts.
American Eagle Foundation (AEF), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) officials released a rehabilitated adult Bald Eagle on Thursday, November 9, 2006 at the Corps of Engineers’ Lillydale Campground on Dale Hollow Lake near Livingston, Tennessee. The eagle has been named “Patriot” in honor of the brave and courageous men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces that are fighting terrorists and defending freedom around the world.
Pigeon Forge, TN, October 17, 2006 – The American bald eagle is set to be stripped of its Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection. The anticipated date is by June 29, 2007. With more than 7,000 pairs in the lower 48 states, eagle numbers have jumped markedly from the 417 pairs tallied in the DDT-driven 1960s – but many Americans remain unconvinced that the eagle is truly home free.
St. Paul, Minn. – (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday it is working to remove the Bald Eagle from the list of endangered species, following a court decision ordering it do so by Feb. 16 unless it can prove further delays are necessary.
Challenger is the country’s most famous Bald Eagle, flying at sports events from stock car races to the World Series. He may well be our most powerful ambassador for wildlife, too, with an all-American appeal that no one can resist.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.— A four-week-old Bald Eaglet that hatched at the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo and Aquarium has been placed under the foster care of unrelated eagle parents that reside at the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) birds of prey center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
PIGEON FORGE, TN (Tuesday, February 7, 2005) – The not-for-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) announced today that its newly created Eagle Mountain Natural Spring Water brand will be sold in all 90 Food City supermarkets, owned and operated by K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc., beginning February 7, 2005.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2004 — Just in time for the New Year, the “American Bald Eagle Recovery & National Emblem Commemorative Coin Act” (H.R. 4116) has been signed into law by President George W. Bush to celebrate and further aid the recovery of the American Bald Eagle. During the final hours of the 108th Congress, the House of Representatives and Senate passed the legislation by unanimous consent right after the Intelligence bill was voted on.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As Christmas fast approaches, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF), Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), Senator Bill Frist (R-TN), Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Congressman Bill Jenkins are giving the gift of freedom to two rehabilitated bald eagles named “America” and “Patriot.” The birds were released on Saturday morning, December 11th, on the Cumberland River near Nashville.
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, December 9, 2004 – While Congress was busy debating and passing a suitable Intelligence bill to help defend our nation’s security and freedoms, the very symbol of those rights (and the U.S.A. itself) was also getting a big boost to secure its own future health and welfare. The “American Bald Eagle Recovery & National Emblem Commemorative Coin Act” (H.R. 4116 & S.2889) was unanimously passed by the House and Senate by the end of the 108th Congress on Wednesday evening.
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, May. 12, 2004 -/E-Wire/– On June 20, 1782, the U.S.A.’s Founding Fathers selected the Bald Eagle as the central image of the United States national emblem at the Second Continental Congress. Since then, this majestic bird has come to represent the spirit of Freedom and Democracy that makes our nation great.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.- The old saying that a mother’s work is never done is proving to be true this Mother’s Day, but not just for moms of the human kind. ‘Liberty,’ an American Bald Eagle cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is keeping very busy these days tending to her newly hatched baby. The majestic bird, her mate ‘Justice’ and their 12 day-old eaglet can be viewed online at the AEF’s website www.eagles.org via the Eagle Nest Cam link.
Feb. 8, 2004: To kick off the NFL’s 54th Pro Bowl All-Star game on a soul-stirring, patriotic note, a non-releasable Bald Eagle named Challenger flew into Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner. The veteran performer is billed as the first national bird in United States history trained to provide that glorious soaring act for our country.
CHALLENGER the bald eagle is released from the edge of the Wright Brothers National Monument in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on the eve of the centenary of man’s first powered flight.
The Capitol Building is one of the most picturesque structures in a town full of monuments, but last week the scene was more awe-inspiring than normal when a bald eagle flew over the landmark as part of a ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
PIGEON FORGE, TN – Prior to Game 3 of the 2003 World Series between the Florida Marlins and New York Yankees, the American Eagle Foundation’s trained celebrity Bald Eagle, Challenger, will grace the skies over Pro-Player stadium during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. It will be the fifth year that the majestic bird has been featured in a pre-game fly-over at Major League Baseball’s premier championship contest.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.–The non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF), headquartered at Dollywood, announced approval of Tennessee State legislation (Bill No. 1303) for the development of a vehicle license plate honoring the Bald Eagle, our nation’s Freedom symbol.
PIGEON FORGE – Dollywood-based American Eagle Foundation will be featured on an upcoming episode of Animal Planet’s “That’s My Baby.”
DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) _ From a hacking tower above a still-water cove on Douglas Lake, four young eagles took flight Monday as part of the continuing effort to restore the nation’s symbol to America’s skies.
Today, singer/actress Dolly Parton, the Foundation’s largest benefactor, and its trained non-releasable Bald Eagle “Challenger” participated in the official public opening of a new Bald Eagle Refuge exhibit at the Smithsonian National Zoo. The opening ceremony was led by Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, Ms. Parton, and National Zoo Director Lucy Spelman. Other government and conservation officials were also present.
WASHINGTON – Two bald eagles from Pigeon Forge were carried to congressional offices Monday and Tuesday to build good will for a big increase in federal funding for the states’ fish and wildlife protection programs.
June 25, 2003 — The American Eagle Foundation staff (headquartered at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee) banded a Bald Eaglet on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 and placed it into an artificial nesting tower located on Douglas Lake in East Tennessee.
PIGEON FORGE, TN – June 23, 2003
The American Eagle Foundation’s work to raise public awareness and preserve the nation’s freedom symbol will again reach into the heart of Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. – When the subject of federal grants for State wildlife programs comes up in the new United States Congress, there will be a very visible and effective lobbyist from Tennessee on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building. His name is Challenger, and he’s an American Bald Eagle cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation, headquartered at Dolly Parton’s Dollywood entertainment park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
CHICAGO — ‘Challenger’ – a 15-year old Bald Eagle – soared through the skies over Wrigley Field today during the Oak Ridge Boys’ singing of the National Anthem to raise awareness of the new Illinois Military Family Relief Fund.