Smoky Mountain Eagle Cam Donation
Keep Lady Independence and Sir Hatcher II streaming online!
‘Lady Independence’ was hatched and released by the American Eagle Foundation. When she reached sexual maturity, she and her mate ‘Sir Hatcher’ took up residence just 5 miles from the American Eagle Foundation.
They produced several young since 2013. The AEF named her Lady Independence, in honor of her mother (Independence). Her mate was named Sir Hatcher in honor of AEF friend, mentor and supporter Bob Hatcher—the man who made the AEF’s hacking program possible in the early 1990s.
In 2018, Lady returned with a new mate, sporting an ankle identifying band.
Many attempts were made to capture the new male’s band number, but it wasn’t until March 23, 2018 that positive identification was made. Our high-definition video cams focused in on the ankle of the new male, and saw the USFWS band number clearly: (USFWS #629-43867).
AEF records show the new male, now approximately 6 years old, was brought to AEF in 2012 because he failed to fledge from his wild nest located in Marion County, TN. The eaglet was placed in AEF’s Douglas Lake hack tower and was released at approximately 14-16 weeks old. The eaglet was named Chattanooga at the time of the release, was given patagial tag of B2, and USFWS band # 629-43867.
To continue honoring the contributions of Bob Hatcher to the restoration of the Bald Eagle in Tennessee, the new male will be named Sir Hatcher II.
Background photo ©Byron Jorjorian