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April 4, 2014: The third egg, which was removed from the nest of Independence and Franklin and placed in an incubator, has hatched into a beautiful, healthy, perfect little eaglet. We are blessed!
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Challenger the Bald Eagle was recently featured on the pilot show of "We Move Animals" - a Nat Geo Wild production
http://youtu.be/jgx9vENCnAY
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On March 8, 2014 at 7:15 a.m. EST, Samson fledged.  More information as it becomes available.
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The American Eagle Foundation's non-releasable Bald Eagle breeding pairs began laying their 2014 eggs over the past few days. 5 eggs from two pairs so far. We have 7 breeding pairs (2 - 26 - 14)
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April 2, 2014: Sometimes there are no answers, and this is one of those times.

Something obviously happened as to how Independence perceived the first two eaglets that were hatched in her Dollywood nest this year.  When the first eaglet was observed with no signs of life yesterday, one day after hatching, Al Cecere went to the nest and confirmed the baby was deceased. He removed the baby from the nest and examined it carefully. No signs of injury were visible, and the baby was perfectly formed.

Today, immediately after the second egg hatched. Indy, who has successfully raised 29 eaglets, killed the baby instantly.  That leads us to strongly suspect that she was also responsible for the first eaglet's death.  

Both babies had been healthy and were acting normally both inside their shells and on the first day they hatched out.

The third egg has been removed from the nest and placed in an incubator, where it is now pipping. A wooden egg was placed in the nest to replace the 3rd real egg. The wooden egg will remain there for several more days.  

The eaglet that will hatch from egg 3 will not be placed back in Indy and Frank's nest. It will be fostered in another nest.

We are grieving over the loss of these two perfect babies, and we are struggling to understand why Indy did this; it has never happened before. Indy and Frank have been perfect parents for many years.

The breeding season had seemed very normal. When Indy and Frank were returned to the aviary in February, they began nestorations and acted as they always do. Three eggs were laid, but they were all infertile.  Wooden eggs were placed in the nest, and then recently replaced with fertile eggs from other nests for Indy and Frank to incubate and raise.  Indy and Frank carefully and diligently tended both the wooden eggs and the real eggs. No unusual behavior was noted at any time, and the nest was continually monitored.

Our only clue is that when the aviary was damaged by a storm last summer, Indy seemed to have been injured, because it was more difficult for her to get around. In time, she appeared to be doing fine. However, recently it was observed that her balance seemed off as she would get up from the eggs and walk around the nest. That's the only significant difference anyone has noticed.

It is too early for long-term decisions to be made about how the cam will operate for the remainder of the season, but updates will be posted as soon as possible.
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Help the American Eagle Foundation win $5000! Please go to http://150daysofgiving.com/ and vote for the American Eagle Foundation. First Tennessee is giving away $5000 to a different Nonprofit Organization every day for 150 days! Begins March 25.

Winners will be determined by the organization that receives the highest number of cumulative votes by midnight of each day.

Each organization can win once during the 150 Days of Giving. OTE VOTE VOTE! Thank you!!
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3-8-14: This morning around 7:15 EST Sam fledged. After being gone most of the day, Sam returned to the nest tree and finally figured out how to get back to the nest. Lots of excitement among all the chatters who watched the show!

http://youtu.be/bUkSBdW6VBg
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Non-releasable Bald Eagles Franklin and Independence, who live in an expansive aviary on AEF's Eagle Mountain Sanctuary in Dollywood,  currently are caring for their eggs (3 so far!) The average incubation is 35 days, so be sure to follow all the excitement by watching the HD cam at http://www.ustream.tv/americaneaglefoundation
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Sam and Delilah are growing up! At 9 weeks old, their activities focus around eating, sleeping, and muscle building in preparation for branching, which is soon to come. Watch the wingspans! 6 feet across - huge hops over each other - pre-flight activities. This NE FL nest cam is sponsored by the American Eagle Foundation. Video clips from Feb. 25 & 26, 2014.
http://youtu.be/tpYwoLf1q8g
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American Eagle Foundation Nesting Season Featuring Live Eagle Cam
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The American Eagle Foundation is located in Pigeon Forge Tennessee. Our bonded, non-releasable Bald Eagles, "Independence" and "Franklin" are featured again this year as we have live streaming video via UStream. 4 cameras provide up close and personal viewing of these eagles as they care for their young. When they are old enough, the young eaglets will be released from Douglas Lake in East Tennessee.

Last year, this pair successfully raised 3 eaglets. Two have been sighted on multiple occasions near Lake Huron, New York.

To watch all the activity in real time, visit our website, www.ustream.tv/americaneaglefoundation and join the chat. Our moderators are super!