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By: MaryF (offline) on Monday, September 19 2011 @ 12:01 AM EDT (Read 18298 times)  
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - Bald Eagle Cam

2012 Update - the American Eagle Foundation has announced that they have four new high-definition cameras - and sound!

AEF website cam page link to the cam - http://www.eagles.org/programs/aef-nest-cam.php

UStream page with chat link to the cam- http://www.ustream.tv/americaneaglefoundation

This cam currently features two non-releasable eagles, Independence (F) and Franklin (M). They sound as if they were made for each other - both are originally from Alaska - and both are non-releasable because of wing injuries. Independence came to the AEF facility in 1994, and Franklin arrived in 1995; they became a pair in 2000 and laid their first eggs in 2002. You can read more about them here and they have some updates about this nesting season at the bottom of the page with the cam. In 2011, their first year on cam, they laid three eggs, all of which hatched and the three eaglets (named Halo, Endeavor and Atlantis) were successfully released from a hacking tower; the first egg was moved to an incubator shortly after it was laid, due to a tornado warning, and returned to the nest several weeks later; perhaps because of the more consistent artificial incubation, it hatched 6 days before the second egg and a whole week before #3; fortunately there was plenty of food, and all three chicks thrived.

Based on past experience, look for eggs in late March, chicks in late April or early May, transfer to the hacking tower in early to mid June, and release/fledging in mid-July to early August. The chicks are removed from the parents at about 5 or 6 weeks of age (when they are able to feed themselves but not yet tall enough to see the people visiting the area where they are raised; eagle puppets can be used to feed them for a couple of days after the move if they are having trouble eating the chopped up food that's provided when they are young) and transferred to a nearby artificial nest in a hack tower, where they will be released a few weeks later as part of the American Eagle Foundation's captive release program.

2012 Season:

  • Cam On: February 26, 2012 (was March 12 in 2011)
  • Eggs Laid: March 24, 7:00 pm; March 27, 7:15 pm; March 31, 3:30 pm
  • Hatched: Eggs #1+2-May 7th in the early hours---Egg #3-May 8th-4:47 AM
  • Moved to Hacking Tower:---June 21, 2012
  • Named/Pre-Release Checkup:---Checkup was done on June 21st---Braveheart +Griffith (after actor Andy Griffith who had recently passed away), the females, were named on Aug. 10th and Ranger, the male was named on Aug. 13th
  • Released:---Aug, 13, 14,+15 (Ranger and Braveheart) and Griffith on Sept. 29, 2012

    Here is a good picture from the home page showing the orientation of the nest. It is off the ground but not very high taking in to account the wing problems of both adults. The height allows them to come and go easily. The nest is man-made but the eagles add their own sticks to it.


    Thank you AEF and Pigeon Forge!!


    (screencap by JudyB)

    Link to last year's thread for the Pigeon Forge bald eagle cam, and more information about Liberty and Justice



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By: MaryF (offline) on Monday, September 19 2011 @ 12:01 AM EDT  
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This is a link to a "tour" of the complete facilities at Dollywood/Pigeon Forge for resident and rehabbing raptors including the bald eagles.

http://baldeagles.us/about/tour-our-eagle-center.php


May 7, 2012 - We are so excited to announce that 2 eggs hatched out in the early morning hours. 1st hatch was at 12:06a.m. EDT May 7; 2nd hatch was at 1:40 a.m. EDT May 7. Congratulations to our parent eagles who are diligently caring for their two youngsters. We are still waiting for the 3rd egg to hatch. Click here to see video of one of the first feeding tries.

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On May 8, 2012, at 4:57 a.m., E-3 hatched out, joining E-1 and E-2 in the nest. Independence and Franklin are experienced, competent parents, and are taking very good care of their babies. The babies have been fed fresh fish this morning, and by watching the feeding experience live, it is obvious they are enjoying it! In this image, the "egg tooth" on each eaglet is clearly visible. This is what the eaglet uses when breaking out of the shell, and it will disappear shortly after hatching.

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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, December 15 2011 @ 08:10 PM EST  
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I ran across an interesting story in the "Pigeon Forge" website.


http://www.americaneaglefoundation.com/ ... Valley.php


http://www.americaneaglefoundation.com/ ... -Years.php


This is the naughty escape artist Volunteer sitting on the rail of a porch of a cabin where he was discoveres...looking a little thin!

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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, December 16 2011 @ 07:31 PM EST  
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I received this report in an email from the AEF concerning the seven eaglets that were released at Pigeon Forge this year including the three who were seen on the live cam. (Halo, Atlantis, and Endeavor)


2011 AEF Eagle Release Update


The Bald Eagle "Halo," with wing tag "L1," was looking healthy when spotted with a little friend on Lake Erie in October 2011. The young eagle had been released by the AEF on August 15 on Douglas Lake in East Tennessee.


During 2011, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) successfully captive-bred and released 7 young Bald Eagles into the wild.

Two of the seven eagles were named by the families of fallen soldiers. A Knoxville mother named an eagle Ranger in memory of her fallen son, Army Ranger Ryan McGhee. Another released eaglet was named Halo by the family of a fallen U.S. soldier and Screaming Eagle, Carlos Santos-Silva.

Hundreds of thousands of viewers watched online as Halo, Atlantis, and Endeavor hatched and grew up in the nest of non-releasable Bald Eagle breeding pair Independence and Franklin.

After its release on August 15, 2011, Halo was twice observed in good condition on Lake Erie - near Cleveland, OH on September 2 and on October 16 near Erie, PA.

The eaglet Atlantis was released on August 14, and was seen doing well on Lake Huron near Oscoda, MI on September 7.

The eaglet Tanasi (released on July 31) was seen August 25 flying around and doing well on the shore of Long Island Sound.

The eaglet Ranger (released on April 17) was unfortunately found electrocuted on a backyard electric transformer near Montreal, Quebec on May 20, 2011.

No sighting reports have yet been received for three other eagles, Endeavor, Duke, and Duchess.

Sadly, about half of all wild-nest fledged or hacked Bald Eaglets die during their first year and about 10 percent during each subsequent year, so each successful sighting is extremely gratifying.

AEF has released 112 young bald eagles from 1992 through 2011 at its Douglas Lake hack site near Dandridge of East Tennessee. Since 1980, a total of 337 young bald eagles have now been released at 7 Tennessee hack sites, including Douglas Lake.

During 2011, Tennessee had an estimated 110 successful nests, and 180 fledged young. To put this accomplishment in perspective, there had been no successful nests in Tennessee between 1961 and 1983.


Halo on the shore at Lake Erie

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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, December 16 2011 @ 07:41 PM EST  
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This announcement was in the same email............Clapping


Don't Miss Experiencing Our 2012 "Live" Eagle Nest Cam!!!

We will feature new state of the art color video cameras that provide more intimate and enhanced viewing of our non-releasable breeding pair, Independence and Franklin, as they lay, incubate, and hatch their eggs, and rear their young! We expect online viewing to begin on April 1, 2012.



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By: jannnicemull (offline) on Tuesday, January 31 2012 @ 07:51 PM EST  
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They are way ahead of schedule on the camera being online it is live now started 6 hours ago:cheerguy:

http://www.ustream.tv/americaneaglefoundation


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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, January 31 2012 @ 08:46 PM EST  
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Thanks so much for letting us know, Jannice! I see they have a new, high-resolution camera - and they're going to have sound! This is so exciting! Smile

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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, January 31 2012 @ 11:05 PM EST  
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Ditto for me, Jannice... Thank You !!! I was going to check today at the site...had a hunch...but never got the chance. I can't wait to take a look tomorrow!!! Clapping


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