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AEF Photo Gallery

We have collected thousands of photographs over the years and have selected just a few to share with our viewers!

Usually in late April or early May, there's lots of excitement at the American Eagle Foundation, because baby eagles start to hatch out! You may have seen proud parents Independence and Justice with their latest arrivals as you tuned in to our EagleCam on UStream.

For a Photo Recap of the 2012 Nesting Season, Click Here!

Baby Eaglets

3 Chirps for America

Three Chirps for America!
Eaglets born at Dollywood 2008

2 babies - 2000

Two eaglets from 2000

Puppet feeding eaglet

If for some reason the parents are unable to care for their eaglet, an eagle puppet is used to feed the eaglet.

Eagle puppet

This is done in order to avoid human imprinting on the baby.

Caring for eaglet

Meticulous care is taken if the eaglets have to be hand-raised.

From the eagle cam

Around noon on Sunday, May 11th, 2008 (Mother's Day), "Liberty" and "Justice" feed their 3-day-old baby. The other egg was infertile. This image was captured from our EagleCam.

Flying Away To Freedom
AEF's hack tower has a one-way glass window on the rear of the hack cages, where up to 12 eaglets can be observed in four 8 x 8 x 8-foot hack cages. The hack cages are about 25 feet above ground and overlooking Douglas Lake. There are small openings in the solid rear and side walls of the hack cages for picture taking purposes.

Hack tower release dates are based primarily on when the eaglets are first capable of flight. That is generally at about 12 to 13 weeks of age. The birds may be stimulated to exercise their wings more when strong steady winds blow through the hack cages. Eaglets are typically strong enough for their first flights at about 12 weeks of age. It's a thrilling moment when it's time for our eaglets to fly away!


Eaglets are wing tagged & leg banded for identification.

Our hack tower

The hack tower on Douglas Lake. The barred doors have been raised on 2 sections so the eaglets can fly away.

Students help with release

Students assist with a release.

Checking out their new world before deciding to fly.

Famous Friends and Special Moments  
Dolly Parton, Al Cecere, Challenger, & Gloria Eskridge

Dolly Parton, Al Cecere, Challenger, and Gloria Eskridge
shown with facsimiles of the Challenger coin issued by the U. S. Mint in 2008.

Challenger & Howard Baker

Howard Baker and Challenger at the opening of the
Howard Baker Public Policy Center at the University of Tennessee.

Al, Challenger, Sen. Byrd, Sen. Alexander

Al Cecere, Challenger, Sen. Byrd & Sen. Alexander on Capitol Hill. June 20th is American Eagle Day, a resolution sponsored by Sen. Byrd & Sen. Alexander.

Al Cecere, Challenger & President Clinton at White House, July 1999.

Sec. of Interior

Al Cecere, Challenger & Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne at the Bald Eagle Delisting Ceremony held at the Jefferson Memorial, June 28, 2007.

The country music industry has always been generous to the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) in contributing time, talent and money. In February of 1995 that generosity was extraordinary. Nashville opened its doors and hearts to help produce a "Save The Eagle" theme song recording and music video for the AEF that aids the preservation of our National Symbol, the Bald Eagle.
Save the Eagle Song

Singer/songwriter James Rogers leads a chorus of country music stars during "Save The Eagle" recording session.

Save the eagle song

Robert Ellis Oral, Joy Lynn White, James Rogers, Al Cecere, Challenger, Lee Greenwood, Ricky Skaggs, William Lee Golden, Ricky Lynn Gregg, & Brian Austin.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, Al Cecere & Challenger

Kyle Petty

Challenger and Richard Petty

Donald Trump

Gretchen Cecere, Donald Trump, Al Cecere, and Challenger

Condoleeza Rice

Condoleezza Rice, Al Cecere & Challenger

Delisting Ceremony

At the invitation of the U.S. Department of Interior, Challenger participated in the official Bald Eagle "delisting" ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. on June 28, 2007.

"Challenger" has become the first bird or animal in American history to have both its personal likeness and name featured on a legal tender U.S. coin. The new half-dollar commemorative coin celebrates the recovery of the Bald Eagle to America's lands, waterways and skies, as well as the 35th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. A three-coin set was created by the United States Mint after passage of the American Bald Eagle Recovery & National Emblem Commemorative Coin Act, which was unanimously approved by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2004.

At a Texas Rangers game in Arlington, Texas, in April 2007, Challenger soars during the playing of our National Anthem while the players are lined up along the first base line.

Challenger at Yankee Stadium

George Steinbrenner first personally requested Challenger's appearance at the 1999 World Series, and the bird quickly became a mainstay at Yankee Stadium during playoff games and Opening Days.


John Stokes and Osceola - the one-winged eagle who got an opportunity to fly again! After the flight, Osceola had a different look about him. Not one of fear, but possibly one of elation. Altogether, Osceola made 8 flights!

Challenger helps educate children

Special visits to schools help instill a sense of patriotism while teaching students about our Nation's National Symbol.

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