‘Wings of America’ Birds of Prey Show
Mike gives the audience an up close look at Owlice the Great Horned Owl.
Karen and Dolly the Red tailed hawk explain how raptors are excellent rodent control experts.
Kayla brings Tyson the Screech Owl out on stage.
Between shows, guests can view show birds in their mews.
Katelyn holds Victory the Golden Eagle as she shows off her impressive wingspan!
Beth and Bonita explain that birds of prey CAN see in color!
Madison shows off Aleda the American kestral.
Christian holds Mike the Harris hawk. Mikie was raised by Golden Eagles!
Mike and Spirit share the story of the comeback of the Bald Eagle.
After the show, Friar Tuck takes donations for his Eagle friends!
After the show, guests can visit the Eagles Nest Gift Shop and help support the AEF.
The AEF educates more than 100,000 Dollywood guests annually.
The Wings of America theatre is an open air venue that seats more than 300 guests!
The AEF’s spectacular Wings of America birds of prey show is presented in an open-air theater located at the Dollywood theme park. It features an up-close look at eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and vultures, some in dramatic free-flying form. The show can be seen four times a day from early April through late October, and educates about 150,000 people annually. At Dollywood alone, the AEF has performed more than 30,000 ‘free flight’ birds of prey educational programs over the past 25 years, using these non-releasable permanently disabled trained birds of prey.
Stars of the show are:
- Harris’s hawks ‘Mikie’ and ‘Maverick,’
- Great horned owl ‘Owlice’
- Red tailed hawks ‘Jesse’ and ‘Keowah’
- Screech owl ‘Tyson’
- American kestral ‘Aleda’
- Black vulture ‘Buzz’
- Crested caracara ‘Bonita’
- Golden eagle ‘Tecumseh’
- Bald eagles ‘Spirit’ and ‘Abraham’
Our 2016 lineup of presenters includes Mike Acuff, Beth Parker, Christian Knatt, Katelyn Dodson, Karen Wilber, Madison Abell, and Kayla Jackson, with Craig Strong running sound and video behind the scenes.
Once the show is over, guests can visit the AEF’s Eagle’s Nest Gift Shop next to the theater, where all proceeds benefit the mission of the American Eagle Foundation.
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary Exhibits
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary provides ample natural perching to its residents.
'Hero' perches on a branch leading up to her and her mate's nest.
The lower enclosure at Eagle Mountain Sanctuary houses gunshot victim amputees.
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary is home to three nesting pairs who hatch and raise eaglets each spring.
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary educates thousands of Dollywood guests annually.
Natural landscaping and flora provide an ideal home for these disabled Bald Eagles.
Residents of Eagle Mountain Sanctuary are provided fresh food daily.
Breeding pairs make their man-made nests their own with natural material found in their aviary.
'Independence' stands near her watering bowl.
The 'Pick a Mate' section houses eligible bachelor and bachelorette Eagles.
At Dollywood, guests can stroll along the edge of Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, where they will see the largest exhibit of non-releasable Bald Eagles in the United States.
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary encompasses 400,000 cubic feet on the side of a very steep, heavily wooded hillside. The Bald Eagles residing within Eagle Mountain Sanctuary are all permanently physically disabled and would not be able to survive in the wild. These birds are cared for daily by AEF staff who provide fresh water and food and who visually ensure that the Eagles are in good health. They are given full physicals once a year when their enclosures are inspected and renovated.
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary is divided into five compartments:
- The largest enclosure is called the ‘Pick a Mate’ section. It is the home of eligible bachelor and bachelorettes Eagles —all with physical disabilities but with at least partial flight ability. Many of our Bald Eagle breeding pairs throughout the years have resulted from two Eagles from this section choosing each other as mates, at which point they are given their own private enclosure with the hope that they will reproduce and raise Eaglets that will be released into the wild.
- Three large enclosures are dedicated to nesting pairs. They are outfitted with a man-made nesting structure that the pairs ‘make their own’ with nestorations and natural materials from the enclosure. Currently, two of these enclosures are inhabited by Bald Eagle breeding pairs ‘Independence’ & ‘Franklin’ and ‘Hero’ & ‘Volunteer.’ The third enclosure belonging to ‘Isaiah’ & ‘Mrs. Jefferson’ is currently under renovation—they currently reside at AEF headquarters along with four other Bald and Golden Eagle breeding pairs.
- The fifth enclosure is located on level ground separate from the main exhibit. Eagles who have no flight ability (wing amputations) live in this naturally landscaped enclosure.
The exhibit can be viewed by the public from early April through the first week in January, while the Dollywood theme park is open to the general public.
This American Eagle Foundation sign greets incoming visitors.
Entrance to AEF Bird Care Facility
Visitors meet gorgeous 'George', the Turkey Vulture.
Visitors meeting 'Wally' the Screech Owl up close and personal.
AEF Administrative Building
Challenger the Eagle getting some daily exercise.
AEF resident raptors enjoying some daily sunshine!
Challenger the Eagle receives his daily exercise.
AEF's flight run, where rehabilitated Eagles regain their flight strength.
A large tour group meets Barry the Barred Owl!
A non-releasable Bald Eagle breeding pair cares for a young eaglet.
The AEF Breeding Aviary houses bonded non-releasable Bald Eagles who raise eaglets each spring.
An aerial shot of the American Eagle Foundation when it was constructed in 2000.
Visitors watch Mr. Lincoln spread his majestic wings.
Visitors watch Buzz the Black Vulture do 'jump ups'.
AEF Headquarters are located on a 12-acre plot of land nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge not far from the Dollywood theme park. This multi-million dollar complex consists of housing for all non-releasable birds trained for educational purposes; breeding and exercise facilities; quarantine facilities; raptor rehabilitation facilities, such as flight enclosures; and administrative offices.
Tours are available to the general public by appointment. Tours must be scheduled at least 7 days in advance. If you would like to see what goes on behind the scenes at the American Eagle Foundation, please fill out the Tour Request Form below.
Donations, bird adoptions, and gift shop purchases are greatly appreciated!
If you are having technical difficulties or would rather make the request over the phone, you may reach Bethany by calling 865-429-0157 ext ___, Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-3:00pm