At Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN) guests can stroll along the edge of Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, where they will see the largest exhibit of non-releasable Bald Eagles in the United States. The Bald Eagles residing within Eagle Mountain Sanctuary are all permanently disabled and would not be able to survive in the wild. This 400,000 cubic-foot aviary houses three Bald Eagle nesting pairs in separate breeding enclosures, as well as about a dozen other non-mated, co-habitating eagles, all cared for the non-profit American Eagle Foundation.
Eaglets hatched and raised at Eagle Mountain Sanctuary are transferred to the AEF’s hacking tower at about 6–7 weeks of age where they will acclimate to a wild, natural setting into which they will be released at fledging age.
Eleanor & Mr. Roosevelt
Eleanor & Mr. Roosevelt (Ellie & Roo) are a new pair who bonded years after being transferred to AEF’s Pick-a-Mate aviary. In 2016, they built a nest on the ground in Pick-a-Mate and laid 2 eggs, which were removed and placed off park in the AEF incubation room. One egg proved to be non-viable, but the 2nd egg hatched. Unfortunately, the eaglet passed away in its 2nd week. Later in the year, Ellie & Roo were placed in their own nesting aviary on Eagle Mountain. This year, Ellie & Roo’s first eaglet hatched April 11 at 10:06 pm, and the second little eaglet arrived April 13 at about 11:01 p.m. Egg 1 (ER2) was laid March 6, and Egg 2 (ER3) was laid March 9.
Update June 1, 2017: Graduation to the Hack Tower
7/16/17: The light colored square object in the nest is a stone paver. When the eaglets were retrieved to take to the hack tower, it was discovered that there was a damaged area in the bottom of the nest that could possibly be hazardous to the eagles. This nest, along with the other 2 nests in the aviary, will be completely refurbished in the Fall, and all repairs will be done to ensure nest integrity and safety. Until then, the paver will act as a protective barrier to the area that needs repair.
Independence & Franklin
Independence and Franklin (Indy & Frank) are the longest active nesting Bald Eagle pair at the AEF and have successfully raised 26 eaglets which were all released from our hack tower on Douglas Lake (25 of those eaglets were biological offspring of Frank & Indy, while one of them was a foster eaglet named Miracle). The pair also laid 4 eggs which were hatched and raised by another pair at the AEF, three of which successfully fledged from our hack tower. One of their offspring, Lady Independence, returned with a mate a few years ago and built a nest in Sevierville.
On March 24, 2017, at 8:27 p.m. (EST), Indy laid her first egg of the season, followed by 2nd egg laid March 28 at 7:22 p.m., and a 3rd egg April 1, 2017. We are disappointed that Indy and Frank’s eggs did not hatch this season. Indy and Frank are doing well, and have resumed their normal behavior on Eagle Mountain Sanctuary.
Mrs. Jefferson & Isaiah
Mrs. Jefferson & Isaiah (MJ & I) have hatched and raised numerous young as a part of the AEF’s Captive Breeding and Hacking programs. They have also been wonderful foster parents.
The nest cam for Mrs Jefferson and Isaiah has been broken all season and will not be repaired until November. Not having the ability to see into the nest gave no opportunity to watch the nesting season of this breeding pair. Prior to the cam malfunction, there were 3 eggs laid (Feb. 19, Feb. 22, & Feb. 25), but unforrtunately none hatched. The pair are seen daily at Eagle Mountain and are doing well.
Feeding the Eagles
Fresh food (quail, fish, rats) is delivered daily to the eagles by AEF caregivers and left at the bottom of the hill; the parent eagles choose what they want, and then bring it back to the nest to feed themselves and their eaglets. There is also a bathing/watering tub at the same location, which the eagles often enjoy.
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