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‘America’ was wild-hatched in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska. As part of a reintroduction program, he was removed from his nest at eight weeks of age, placed in a hacking tower in Tennessee, and released into the wild. Soon after his release, he was found shot in his left wing. After healing from his wounds in rehabilitation, he was once again released into the wild at Reelfoot Lake.
America crossed the Mississippi River into Missouri and remained close to a farm for days. The owner of the farm observed that America was not catching any food, because he simply could not fly well enough, even after rehabilitation.
He was recaptured and placed in the care of the American Eagle Foundation. He has made hundreds of educational appearances, both on and off the Wings of America Birds of Prey Show at Dollywood.
Background photo ©Byron Jorjorian