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.
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.
UPDATE: 7-18-18—MJI16 was released from AEF's Hack Tower on Douglas Lake July 18, 2018. The eagle was named "Sequoyah" by Eagle Nest Cam Education & Policy Coordinator Crystal Slusher, in honor of her Mom, Mae Shiflett, who recently passed. Sequoyah weighed 8.59 pounds when released, and was wearing Patagial tag M18. We cannot be absolutely certain as to Sequoyah's sex, as no blood sample was taken, but measurements strongly suggest a male. Sequoyah was eager to leave the enclosure, and soared beautifully out of the gate before the bars had fully raised. Making a beautiful first flight, Sequoyah landed safely in a tree. Videos and photos are available here.
Glenda & Grant
Glenda & Grant are permanently disabled, non-releasable Bald Eagles that were transferred to the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge. Both Glenda and Grant were residents in our Pick-a-Mate section. Last year, it was observed that they had developed an attraction for each other. Following that observation, Glenda and Grant were removed from the Pick-a-Mate section and placed in their own private compartment on the mountain. It is hoped they will become a breeding pair! Their neighbors to the right are Isaiah and Mrs. Jefferson, and the Pick-a-Mate residents are on the left.
UPDATE 4-20-18 — Glenda and Grant had two eggs. Glenda laid eggs on March 11 and March 14, but one of the eggs was observed to be broken on March 19. We were hopeful the remaining egg would hatch.
Unfortunately, their remaining egg contained an underdeveloped eaglet which did not appear to be alive when observed on cam April 20th, at approximately 7:50am. Grant disposed of the eaglet, which is common for them to do.
It is disarming to witness, but it is not uncommon for eagles to bury an egg, throw it over the side or consume it, when their instincts tells them things are not right. We do not want to speculate on why this happened and we will never know.
Although we are saddened by the ending to their first nesting season, we are confident they have the instincts to be parents and look forward to their next nesting season.
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.
Dollywood Eagle Cam Chat
Revised Chat Schedule
Chat times have changed beginning 6-11-18. Local nest times given.
|Monday||9pm to 11pm|
|Wednesday||10pm to 12am|
|Friday||9pm to 11pm|
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