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By: MaryF (offline) on Monday, November 03 2014 @ 03:28 PM EST (Read 19818 times)  
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Announcement The Dollywood/Pigeon Forge cam now streaming live! Sitting eagle

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/Cams/DollywoodNest.html

Click on image to download -- Beautiful Independence

In the past this cam featured 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.

Click on image to download -- the traditional stars of this cam ~~ Indy (L) and Franklin (R)

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.

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.

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By: MaryF (offline) on Monday, November 03 2014 @ 03:28 PM EST  
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Frank+Indy's nest stats for 2015

* Cam on -- March 23, 2015

* Eggs laid -- Egg #1 - March 27, 2015 --- Egg #2 - March 31, 2015 --- Egg #3 - April 3, 2015

****One of the eggs was broken when Indy had a problem with a stick

* Eggs hatched --

Click on image to download -- Indy and Franklin

It was a very unusual season in the nest at Pigeon Forge last year! Here is a bit of what happened --

* 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.

* Released -- Isaiah and Mrs Jefferson's eaglets -- July 4th 2014

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Last season after the tragedy in Frank and Indy's nest where Indy killed the first two hatched chicks, the third egg was rescued and fostered into another nest of Hero and Volunteer. This beautiful eaglet was released from the hack tower on June 27th.

Click on image to download -- the rescued chick raised by Hero+Volunteer

The Pigeon Forge can then switched to the nest of another pair of eagles, Isaiah and Mrs Jefferson who had hatched two healthy eaglets around April 6th. As they had not initially planned to have direct camera access for the nest of Mrs. Jefferson and Isaiah, they only had overhead cam access after the babies had hatched. Isaiah and Mrs. Jefferson reared two healthy eaglets. These eaglets were released from the hack tower on July 4th.

Click on image to download -- Isaiah +Mrs Jefferson's 2014 eaglets

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Link to the 2014 thread -- forum/viewtopic.php?topic=710618#710618



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By: MaryF (offline) on Monday, November 03 2014 @ 03:29 PM EST  
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Since it is unknown which pair will be featured during the 2015 season here is the history of last season's stars Isiah and Mrs. Jefferson ~~

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Thanks to the American Eagle Foundation for this information on this beautiful pair of eagles!!

Isaiah ~~

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Isaiah arrived at the American Eagle Foundation's education, breeding and rehabilitation center in Pigeon Forge, TN in 1991.

Isaiah is a male Bald Eagle from Missouri that was injured by a shotgun in 1988. One of the pellets destroyed his left eye. He has all of his flight capabilities, but is missing his left eye. Since Bald Eagles are predators and rely on keen vision for hunting, he would find it difficult to catch prey and survive in the wild.

Isaiah was placed in "Eagle Mountain Sanctuary" at Dollywood Entertainment Park in Pigeon Forge, TN in hopes that he would select a mate and raise young that could then be released into the wild.

In 2011, AEF staff noticed nesting activity in the "Pick a Mate" enclosure, but at first the two eagles could not be positively identified. After closer observation, it was noticed that one eagle had only one eye, and was subsequently identified as Isaiah. Using binoculars, a staff member tried to positively identify the female that was with Isaiah. Dark markings under the eyes along with 2 leg bands tentatively identified the female as Mrs. Jefferson.

In November 2011 during the annual physicals given to the eagles, the last bird to be examined was the female that had been seen with Isaiah. Positive identification was made and Mrs. Jefferson and Isaiah were then placed in an enclosure to themselves. The following April (2012), an egg was laid in their nest, and they successfully raised an eaglet who was later released into the foothills of the Smoky Mountains at Douglas Lake.

Mrs. Jefferson ~~

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Mrs. Jefferson is a female Bald Eagle, found in 2000 by some canoers. She was standing on a river bank and not moving. The canoers captured her and transported her in the canoe with them a very risky decision on the part of the canoers, as Bald Eagles can be very aggressive. Suffice it to say, they managed to get her to stay in the canoe and bring it (and her) safely to shore.

She was examined, and seemed to be favoring her left wing and left leg. Nothing was broken, but there might have been nerve damage. She was found to be blind in one eye, resulting from an old injury that might have occurred if she hit the water wrong while diving for a fish.

Since she was blind in one eye, it was decided that she was non-releasable. She also had an injury to the hallux (back toe) that required its removal. Full use of their feet is necessary for an eagle to be able to catch fish and other prey.

Mrs. Jefferson was then put in "Eagle Mountain Sanctuary" at Dollywood Entertainment Park in Pigeon Forge, TN in hopes that she would select a mate. If that happened, and if young resulted from the mating, the offspring would be released into the wild.
In 2011, AEF staff members noticed nesting activity in the "Pick a Mate" enclosure, but at first the two eagles could not be correctly identified. After close observation, the staff noticed that one eagle had only one eye, therefore positively identifying it as Isaiah (you will remember that Isaiah is actually missing an eye, whereas Mrs. Jefferson has both eyes, but can only see out of one.) Upon closer examination with the aid of binoculars, dark markings around the eyes of the other bird, as well as seeing 2 leg bands, tentatively identified the female as Mrs. Jefferson.

For final confirmation, in November 2011 during the annual physicals, the last bird examined was the "bird with two leg bands" and "dark markings around the eyes." It was indeed Mrs. Jefferson!

Isaiah and Mrs. Jefferson were then put in a separate enclosure by themselves, and the following April (2012) they laid one egg and successfully raised the eaglet which was released into the wild in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains at Douglas Lake.



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By: MaryF (offline) on Monday, November 03 2014 @ 03:29 PM EST  
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A few more pictures from the 2014 season ~~~


The 2014 Pigeon Forge cam family

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Two fuzzy headed eaglets with Mom. Look at those big yellow clown feet! Grin

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Shortly before their removal to the hack tower--two peas in a pod!!

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By: MaryF (offline) on Monday, November 03 2014 @ 03:30 PM EST  
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The 2014 eaglets now named Lady Talon (J-4) for the larger female and Battle Force (K-4) for the male. Here they are in their hack tower "condo" shortly before their release on July 4th. WooHoo

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By: gemini (offline) on Friday, November 07 2014 @ 05:25 PM EST  
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Hi all eagle lovers! It's that time of year again!

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By: MaryF (offline) on Monday, November 10 2014 @ 10:52 AM EST  
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American Eagle Foundation.

Our three Dollywood "Eagle Mountain Sanctuary" Bald Eagle breeding pairs say hello to their freshly landscaped and updated aviaries! All 18 of our resident Dollywood Eagles checked out healthy at their annual physical examinations this week. (Top: Hero and Volunteer. Bottom left: Isaiah and Mrs. Jefferson. Bottom right: Independence and Franklin.)

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I wonder who will be on the cam this season?? Chin



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By: MaryF (offline) on Monday, November 24 2014 @ 04:45 PM EST  
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This is so beautiful I have to share it! A Thanksgiving card from the AEF.


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