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 season is off to a glorious start! 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 was laid March 6, and Egg 2 was laid March 9. Welcome ER2 and ER3!

Independence & Franklin

Independence and Franklin (Indy & Frank) are the longest active nesting Bald Eagle pair at the AEF and have successfully raised 29 eaglets as of 2016 (including a foster eaglet in 2015) that have been released into the wild. In 2010, they laid two eggs that were hatched and raised by another page pair at AEF, one of which was successfully released into the wild. 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.

Update: 5-16-17: We are disappointed that Indy and Frank’s eggs did not hatch this season. As reported earlier, one egg was crushed — we do not know why or how this happened and we don’t want to speculate. It is the opinion of AEF Staff that this egg was most likely non-viable. We remained cautiously hopeful that the remaining two eggs would hatch, but unfortunately they did not, and so the remaining two eggs were removed from the nest on 5-16-17. Indy and Frank are doing well, and we expect them to resume 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 one of the eggs was buried by the eagles on or around March 25. The eggs were due to hatch around 3/26 to 4/1. AEF Staff has determined the remaining eggs to be non-viable as there was not a hatch for the remaining 2 eggs. 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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