I’m very happy to pass along a big thank you from AEF for the donations that you all sent for their needed utility trailer! They received over $6,000 in just the past week that were earmarked for the trailer! You guys are amazing and I am proud and honored to be part of such a great group of eagleholics! And to everyone who donated, or shared the idea, or sent good thoughts and prayers for AEF during the fire emergency, a big thank you from me too!
The NCTC cam is up and running for the new season! I was lucky enough to catch Ben and Belle arriving this morning with Ben bringing in breakfast for a very vocal Belle. With a new, beautiful camera view this year, it will be fun to watch this busy pair! Link to cam: http://outdoorchannel.com/eaglecam
I have seen many people wanting to help with the fire situation, but like me are too far away to help directly. In looking at the AEF website, I see that they have been trying to raise money for a utility trailer for a while. I thought it might be cool to see if we can raise the money for the trailer as a thanks for all of their dedication and hard work in this emergency (and always). They have a page on their website set up already for donations for the trailer. If we could each give even a tiny bit, I bet we could help them get that trailer and be better prepared going forward. It is just an idea and since they already have the wish item up on their site, we know it is something they need. I will donate what I can and if others do too, I bet we can make a dent in the funding for it! Here is the link to their page for donations for the trailer: https://www.eagles.org/product/utility-trailer/
Huge thanks in advance for anyone who can donate and even if you can’t, a huge thanks from me (I’m not directly connected to AEF in any way) for all the beautiful well wishes I’ve seen in support of AEF during the emergency.
note: I have never done this type of post as I know that there are so many deserving recipients of whatever donations we each can make and I can’t really post all of the ones I hear of, but the AEF has done so much for so many eagles and eagleholics over the years, that I think this one time, I’ll break my own rules about this topic – and it’s my blog, so I guess I can. LOL.
AEF is reporting that “all 80+ birds at American Eagle Foundation have been relocated to a safe space now (removed last night (Nov. 28) and early this morning (Nov. 29) from both off-park and on-park facilities in Pigeon Forge)” Great news and kudos to the amazing dedication and courage by all who helped!
Regarding the need for carriers, here is their update: “We received an outpouring of support and received all the kennels we needed to transport Eagles, but several of them are only loaners. lf you are still interested in donating one to our nonprofit anyway, we would like to build a full collection of kennels for future emergencies! They do need to be the L/XL/Giant plastic vari-kennel-type so we can make them as dark as possible (also metal dog crates harm the Eagles feathers). Thanks for your help and passion! If you would like to donate a kennel as described, respond to this post and we will PM you instructions when we can! Thank you!”
Local news is reporting that so far, no structures inside Dollywood have been damaged by fire, but that the entire area remains under general threat by the fires.
The American Eagle Foundation is reporting tonight, that with their area under mandatory evacuation orders, they undertook efforts to evacuate the eagles to move them to safety. First and most importantly, for those who may not see their Facebook page, here is a request they put out a short while ago (approx 2am their time Tuesday morning) asking for specific assistance needed related to a possible second evacuation in the morning. Here is their statement, and a link to their Facebook page for updates.
“Should a second evacuation take place tomorrow morning, the AEF may not have enough travel kennels/carriers to help rescue all Eagle Mountain Sanctuary Eagles (even after Petsmart donated all the kennels off of their shelves to the AEF tonight). If anyone in Sevierville/Kodak/Knoxville has Large to XL plastic dog kennels/carriers and would like to donate or loan them to the AEF please text 865-654-4223 or 865-256-0372 asap. We would be willing to set a drop-off point in Sevierville, where as of now, is safe from harm. We need these as soon as possible, just in case a second evacuation in the morning in necessary.”
link to Facebook page and their earlier statement (shown below) about the successful evacuation of eagles https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEagleFoundation/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED
“As most of you already know, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee are being threatened by large forest fires. We’ve already heard several reports of much of historic gatlinburg already burning down. Tonight around 8 PM, with the fire only miles away and a mandatory people evacuation in place, the AEF staff began conducting an emergency bird evacuation, something we have never had to do before. Our AEF first responders wasted no time rushing from their homes to our headquarters and loading somewhere around 50-60 birds into travel kennels and into every available vehicle. It wasn’t graceful, but we did our best to retrieve every bird and then load about 40-50 pounds of raptor food along with. These birds are now resting safely in individual kennels at several AEF staff member homes 10+ miles away from the fires. Al Cecere went to Dollywood to check on our Eagle Mountain Sanctuary Eagles…unfortunately, in the dark, with ashy hazy air, steep leafy hillsides, and other staff being turned away by police while they trying to bring extra travel kennels onto the Dollywood park, we were unable to catch up and rescue these eagles tonight. As of now they are safe and hanging out in their aviaries, albeit the air quality is not optimal. Eagle Mountain Sanctuary houses one of the largest collections of non-releasable Bald Eagles in the world. Several firetrucks and first responders are protecting Dollywood and we hope to receive reports in the morning from Dollywood security as to whether it’s safe to come evacuate them. We are hoping and praying for rain to come save our sweet home in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. We hope and pray that every person has made it out of the danger zones. We will keep you updated.”
Amazingly, the eagle camera at the park is still working tonight, and the picture with this post is from just a short while ago. I only had sound for a second, but it sounds like it is raining, which I understand is true in that area at this time. The forest fires in the area are doing significant damage and hopefully the rain will help them get the upper hand. Fires as intense as they are experiencing are an immense challenge to combat, even with the rain to help. Many thoughts and prayers going out to all who are affected in the area, and endless kudos to the amazing volunteers and staff at the American Eagle Foundation for their dedication!
Last evening, eagle mom Harriet laid her second egg. However, watchers noticed that the first egg had been buried in the nest materials and unattended for some hours before that. It appears that the first egg may not have been viable and so was pushed aside by the eagles. We won’t ever know for sure what happened, but based on observations, it appears that the egg we see now is the second egg. Link to cam: http://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html
Yoohoo! We have our first egg at the Southwest Florida cam! Congrats to eagle parents Harriet and M15 and all who love and watch this nest! Link to cam: http://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html
Today, the cam has been turned on for the Minnesota DNR nest. The eagle pair at this nest have been seen in the area, so it will be exciting to watch as they get their nest ready for the new year! They have been a little bit unpredictable on when they lay eggs, so its great that the cam is coming on early, just in case they lay in December – although more typically it is a bit later. Link to cam: http://www.webcams.dnr.state.mn.us/eagle/
Eagle parents Liberty and Justice have decided to build a new nest this year! It is close to the old nest and they installed a new upgraded cam that shows the new nest, yay! The new cam also includes night vision, something we haven’t had in the past at this eaglecam, so way cool! The cam we have come to know as the Alcoa Davenport cam is now part of Arconic. On Tuesday, November 1, Alcoa separated into two publicly traded companies. Davenport Works and Arconic. The cam is handled by Arconic. Their website also changed and the link has been updated on our eaglecam links page. Here is the new address: http://www.arconic.com/global/en/who-we-are/eagle-cam.asp
Yay! eagle mom Juliet has laid her second egg at the Northeast Florida nest. Link to cam: http://nefleaglecam.org/