Raise the Roof Donation
On Douglas Lake in East Tennessee, secluded and safe, is a temporary home for Bald Eagles and other birds of prey. Most are youngsters, hatched in captivity at the American Eagle Foundation, offspring of our non-releasable Bald Eagle breeding pairs. They are placed in the hack tower at around 7 weeks of age. During their time in the hack tower, they finish growing into strong and mighty eagles! They are safe from human contact and subsequently are able to have a very similar natural development as a wild-raised eaglet. At around 13 weeks of age, they are released into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Douglas Lake is a perfect habitat for these eagles, and in a few years, we might even see them return to the area from which they first fledged to build a nest and raise eaglets of their own!
The Douglas Lake Hack Tower not only provides a fledging facility for birds that AEF cares for, but also welcomes birds of prey from nearby states. We will help any and every bird of prey we can, regardless of whether it’s a bald eagle or a vulture! For almost 20 years, this hack tower has served its purpose well, with 159 fledglings to date leaving their compartments to soar over Douglas Lake as they begin their adventures as healthy young eagles.
REPAIRS ARE NEEDED!
The roof is in need of major repair, having withstood severe storms, insect damage, and other animal damages. We want to give all eaglets and other birds of prey the best possible starting chance, and that starts with having a stable roof over their heads while they are in the hack tower.
These repairs are costly. Our goal is $10,000, and we hope you will consider making a donation to this campaign. If your contribution is $1000 or more, your name will be permanently placed on the Hack Tower! Thank you for your continued support in helping keep America’s eagles flying strong and free.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Contributions to the American Eagle Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The AEF's tax identification number is 58-1652023.
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