Lady Independence and Sir Hatcher II have a special history with the American Eagle Foundation and its eagle repopulation and conservation programs. Lady was hatched at Dollywood in the nest of non-releasable Bald Eagles Independence and Franklin in 2008 and was banded and released at the AEF’s Hack tower on Douglas Lake at about 13 weeks of age. She returned to the area with her mate (Sir Hatcher) in 2011, and they produced 13 eaglets through 2017. In 2018, Lady returned with a new mate, Sir Hatcher II. We have no idea what happened to her original mate. The new male was also banded, and the numbers on the band identified this new mate as an eagle that had been rehabbed at the AEF after failing to fledge from a wild nest in Marion County in East Tennessee. This eagle was subsequently released from the AEF’s hacktower on Douglas Lake in 2012.

In 2018, Lady and Sir Hatcher II raised three eaglets successfully until the dangers of fishing line and hooks being continually brought into the nest along with fish necessitated the removal of the eaglets on May 22, 2018 in order to ensure their safety.

The eaglets were subsequently placed in AEF’s Hack Tower on Douglas Lake where they continue to grow until ready to fledge. On June 28, 2018, the three eaglets, Luna, Phoenix and Nova successfully fledged from AEF’s hack tower. They were banded, and patagial wing tags were placed on their wings for future identification.

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