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The eaglet was placed in AEF’s Douglas Lake hack tower and was released at approximately 14-16 weeks old.
The eaglet was named Chattanooga at the time of the release, was given patagial tag of B2, and USFWS band # 629-43867.
To continue honoring the contributions of Bob Hatcher to the restoration of the Bald Eagle in Tennessee, the new male will be named Sir Hatcher II.
Read more about Lady Independence and the original Sir Hatcher.
Two high-definition cams are available on this page.
There are two PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) cameras on the nest that give optimal angles to see the eagles.
AEF invites anyone to post photo and video screenshots/screen-recordings captured from these high definition cams.
Since these photos and videos can be copied and duplicated over and over, we request that when you post these up to Facebook, IG, Websites, Blogs, or another social media location, the following information be included at the end of your photo/video caption: American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES. These live feeds are the intellectual property of the AEF, and we kindly request that you do not attempt to embed or live stream these feeds on your website, blog, app, etc., or attempt to monetize screen shots or video captures. In the vast aviary on Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood, a female eaglet was hatched and raised by non-releasable Bald Eagle breeding pair Independence and Franklin, and was then released into the wild on July 24, 2008 from AEF’s Hack Tower on Douglas Lake.
In 2018, Lady returned with a new mate, Sir Hatcher II—(we have no idea what happened to her original mate).
After the pair built their first nest, local wildlife photographers noticed that the larger eagle (thus most likely female) was wearing a metal leg band.
It wasn’t for a couple of years, however, (in 2014) that enough telephoto photos were taken by AEF Volunteer John Prickett and friend David Collins to be pieced together.
Lady and Sir Hatcher II are currently raising 3 eaglets together.
Update 5-9-18: On 5-7-18 it was observed that once again, the eagles had brought in fishing line with a fish delivery.
Lady Independence & Sir Hatcher II have a special history with the American Eagle Foundation and its eagle repopulation & conservation programs.