5. you need to read the carefully documented backstory. Trail: Gregory Bald Trail. We do not know whether 2 or 3 eggs were laid in 2019, but at least 2 eaglets fledged from nest #5 based on photographic evidence of the eaglets with Lady Independence perched in a tree close to the Sevierville Golf Club. For the last several seasons, Lady has laid three eggs. Smoky Mountains Wildlife (12 Species With Pictures) 1. Here in Sevier County, Kim Osborne discovered a battered eagle in her backyard. Nest was abandoned at the beginning of the 2019 season. Fish and Wildlife Service bands to their legs, so the eagles will be easily recognizable if they are ever in need of assistance again. Teachers across the nation have written us with glowing compliments about the positive impact this experience has had on their students. Eaglets Abraham and Winfield were rescued by the AEF. Watching America’s national symbol soar through the sky was “an incredible feeling” for Patrick. This August, two of the area’s eagles were returned to the wild after undergoing months of rehabilitation with the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge. Highlights: … A recap of last season can be found here. 1615 Articles to Help You Plan & Better Experience the Smoky Mountains. Nest #4 2017: 3 eaglets raised in the nest. Bryan Tompkins, biologist with U.S. Both eagles were rehabilitated by the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge and released into the wild five years apart. When you visit the AEF Headquarters in the Smokies, you can see Challenger in person. “Challenger” is a non-releasable bald eagle who was trained by the AEF to fly over football stadiums, baseball fields, and other events. I hope he finds himself a female”. Douglas Lake in the Smoky Mountains was chosen as the spot for their release since several other bald eagles have been successfully reintroduced to their native ecosystem at this location. Fans of Dollywood may know of the AEF through the park’s Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, which provides a home to the organization’s non-releasable bald eagles. Sir Hatcher II and Lady Independence built a new nest in 2019 (nest #5), but its exact location has not yet been discovered. The eaglets were successfully released from AEF’s hack tower. The eagle was suffering from a broken clavicle, probably the result of flying into a fence. White Tailed Deer. This project also focuses on conservation, habitat protection, and the dangers that eagles still face in the wild. Springing into action, Patrick wrapped the eagle in his sweatshirt and brought the wounded bird to the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine in a dog crate. Before letting the birds go, the AEF attached U.S. To honor the contributions of Bob Hatcher in helping to restore the Bald Eagle in Tennessee, the first male was called Sir Hatcher I and the current male is called Sir Hatcher II.  For now, we will be streaming from their 2017-2018 nest (Nest #4) and will hopefully be able to see some activity from the eagles (especially before summer foliage is at its height), as they have been frequently seen in the area. Chat will return when 2020 season begins. Nest #1 2012: aka “Kroger Nest” - collapsed while the adults appeared to be incubating eggs (Lady Independence would have been 4 yrs. At night, an infrared light is turned on. This remarkable non-profit organization is dedicated to the rehabilitation, recovery, and breeding of bald eagles. This has been a hugely successful endeavor, and we have welcomed many classrooms with students of all ages. Did you know that America’s most famous bald eagle lives in Pigeon Forge? Sir Hatcher II and Lady Independence built a new nest in 2019 (nest #5), but its exact location has not yet been discovered. As hatch time approaches, all eyes will be peeled for the first pip or breakthrough of the egg shell by the baby inside. This August, two of the area’s eagles were returned to the wild after undergoing months of rehabilitation with the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge. Gregory Bald. In 2019, Lady Independence and Sir Hatcher II built yet another nest and two eaglets were successfully raised and fledged from this new nest. This nest is located on top of a very steep hill in Sevierville, TN and was first video streamed in 2018.