Forum Index > H.W.F. Archives > Archive - Other North American Eagle Cams
 Pigeon Forge,TN/AEF 2014 Bald Eagle Cam
 |  Printable Version
By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, October 04 2013 @ 12:42 AM EDT (Read 16892 times)  
MaryF

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - Bald Eagle Cam

Many thanks to the American Eagle Foundation and Dollywood for bringing us this wonderful cam!!


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

Click on image to download -- The lovely Independence

Click on image to download -- Stars of the cam -- Indy (L) and Frank (R)


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. 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 and transfered to a nearby artificial nest in a hack tower. Eagle puppets can be used to feed them for a few days after the move if they are having trouble eating the chopped up food that's provided when they are first transfered. The eaglets are generally released a few weeks later as part of the American Eagle Foundation's captive release program.

Click on image to download

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. It is located in a special aviary for bald eagles at the Dollywood Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.


Link to the 2013 thread -- forum/viewtopic.php?topic=420240#420240



Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 07/12/06
Posts: 11835
San Antonio, TX

Profile Email   PM
   
By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, October 04 2013 @ 12:43 AM EDT  
MaryF

2014 Season ~~

* Cam(s) on -- February 15, 2014

* Eggs laid --Egg #1--March 1. 2014 -- Egg #2--March 3, 2014(7:11PM) --Egg #3--March 7, 2014(4:52 PM)

----These three eggs were determined to be infertile and 3 donor eggs were substituted into Frank and Indy's nest Smile

* Eggs hatched -- E1 -- March 31st-6:11PM -- Sadly, E1 passed away on April 1st in it's first day of life.

E2 -- April 2-- Tragically Independence killed the little one right after the hatch--they now believe she did the same with the first chick.

E3 was removed from the nest and placed in the incubator--the chick will be fostered into a different nest.

* Moved to hacking tower --E3 and the two chicks of Isaiah and Mrs. Jefferson were removed from their nests and taken to the hack tower on the afternoon of May 21st.

* Named/pre-release checkup --

* Released --


Here is a s'cap of the beautiful "triplets" from the 2012 season ~~
Click on image to download

Some really wonderful information --a good read-- from the AEF about Franklin (Frank) and Independence (Indy)

http://www.eagles.org/about/Our-Special ... ndence.php



Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 07/12/06
Posts: 11835
San Antonio, TX

Profile Email   PM
   
By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, October 04 2013 @ 12:43 AM EDT  
MaryF

2013 Nesting Season of AEF's Bald Eagles, Independence and Franklin ~~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh-YNGTdaJA


Click on image to download -- 2013 eaglets -- both hatched on May 2, 2013!



Click on image to download -- Independence and Franklin love



Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 07/12/06
Posts: 11835
San Antonio, TX

Profile Email   PM
   
By: MaryF (offline) on Saturday, November 16 2013 @ 11:40 PM EST  
MaryF

Since Challenger is based at Pigeon Forge I'm putting this new video of him in this thread Sitting eagle

From AEF ~~

Challenger performs flawlessly to a cheering crowd at pre-game ceremony at the Titans-Colts game in Nashville, TN on Nov. 14, 2013. This AEF-produced video showcases the entire flight of the Bald Eagle who soars overhead during the performance of our National Anthem, landing perfectly as the last notes are sung.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGXwI_mCLXE

.



Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 07/12/06
Posts: 11835
San Antonio, TX

Profile Email   PM
   
By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, February 13 2014 @ 05:11 PM EST  
MaryF

From the AEF ~~

Update Feb. 12, 2014: We are so pleased to announce that on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 non-releasable Bald Eagles Independence and Franklin will be returned to their newly repaired and refurbished aviary on Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.Be sure to watch live streaming of this event at event at http://www.ustream.tv/americaneaglefoundation around noon EST on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.


2014 Nesting Season - Will Begin in March 2014



Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 07/12/06
Posts: 11835
San Antonio, TX

Profile Email   PM
   
By: MaryF (offline) on Sunday, February 16 2014 @ 09:23 AM EST  
MaryF


American Eagle Foundation



Their mountain home damaged in a storm last July (2013), non-releasable Bald Eagles Independence (Indy) and Franklin (Frank) have been living in the AEF off-site facilities in Pigeon Forge, TN until today, Feb. 15, 2014. On this day, to the joy of thousands who watch them live on the AEF's streaming HD video cam, Indy and Frank returned home to Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. This video contains highlights from the day. AEF Staff & volunteers Al Cecere, Christian Knatt, Crystal Slusher, and Taby Slusher were on hand to bring the eagles home. Cam work was by Craig Strong.


Video Camera -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mji5gEBv ... e=youtu.be


And an other video by MsO --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYvSwZfInl8


Everybody is so glad to see Franklin and Independence returned to their (snowy) home!!

Click on image to download -- the nest on 2-16-2014



Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 07/12/06
Posts: 11835
San Antonio, TX

Profile Email   PM
   
By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, February 28 2014 @ 01:54 AM EST  
MaryF

Here are Frank and Indy today in their nest. I think they are happy and content to be back "home" love

Click on image to download



Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 07/12/06
Posts: 11835
San Antonio, TX

Profile Email   PM
   
By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, February 28 2014 @ 01:58 AM EST  
MaryF

Nesting season has begun at the AEF in Pigeon Forge ~~

Published on Feb 27, 2014

The American Eagle Foundation nesting season has begun! The AEF cares for six non-releasable Bald Eagle breeding pairs. Each spring, these pairs produce 4-8 fertile eggs and the hatched eaglets are released into the wild when they reach full size.

On February 26th, 2014, the AEF removed its first five eggs from the nests of Peace & Faithful, and Braveheart & Honor. The eggs will be incubated with a watchful eye for about 30-35 days. After the eggs hatch, the nestlings will be returned to their Eagle parents.

Stay tuned for more updates!


See more here ~~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSpBfUa ... ture=share



Forum

Status: offline

Registered: 07/12/06
Posts: 11835
San Antonio, TX

Profile Email   PM
   



 All times are EST. The time is now 09:22 AM.
Normal Topic Normal Topic
Locked Topic Locked Topic
Sticky Topic Sticky Topic
New Post New Post
Sticky Topic W/ New Post Sticky Topic W/ New Post
Locked Topic W/ New Post Locked Topic W/ New Post
View Anonymous Posts 
Able to Post 
HTML Allowed 
Censored Content 

?

Please Donate

Please Donate!

Current & Ongoing Promotions

 

 

 

 

My Account





Sign up as a New User
Lost your password?