American Eagles Lay Eggs 'Live' On-Line at WWW.EAGLES.ORG; Public Can View Expectant Parents Guarding Nest

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Eagle Foundation

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A happy American eagle couple
 have proudly laid three eggs before the eyes of the world via "live" action
 video cameras on the Internet.  Since March 1st, tens of thousands of children
 and adults around the globe have been watching this majestic bald eagle pair
 placing sticks in their nest and, more recently, forming a "nest cup" for
 their eggs in preparation for the big day.
     The non-releasable birds, named "Liberty" and "Justice," have been
 together since 1993 and are cared for by the non-profit American Eagle
 Foundation home-based at Dolly Parton's Dollywood Entertainment park in Pigeon
 Forge, Tennessee.  The eggs are expected to hatch in early May, and, if all
 goes well, the Foundation plans to release any eaglets into the foothills of
 the Great Smoky Mountains in August.  The eagle nest is expected to be on-line
 at http://www.eagles.org until July 4th.
     "You can now see these faithful mates tending daily to their nesting
 duties and taking turns incubating their eggs," says Al Louis Cecere,
 president of The American Eagle Foundation.  "We may soon have the rare
 privilege of witnessing them tenderly caring for their babies."
     "Liberty" and "Justice" can no longer survive on their own.  The birds
 live in captivity because of permanent physical disabilities caused by the
 irresponsible actions of people with guns.  The young that they produce and
 care for are released into the wild by the Foundation to assist eagle
 repopulation efforts in the Southeastern United States.  So far, they have
 reared a total of ten young that have been successfully released since 1996,
 including the first captive hatched bald eagle triplets in Tennessee's
 history.
     Over 80,000 U.S. elementary schools have been invited by the Foundation to
 tune-in to the "nest-watch."
     "The response has been great, and things are going well," said Cecere.
     Three video cameras keep a close electronic eye on the nesting pair from
 different vantage points.  They are backed by live action streaming video
 viewed in real time.
     In addition to the Eagle Cams, there are plenty of pages to captivate and
 educate visitors on the website.  A RealPlayer option allows Website visitors
 to view archived nesting eagles footage and experience a "Save The Eagle" song
 music video and numerous Public Service Announcements presented by a variety
 of Country Music Stars like Reba McEntire, Clint Black, Tim McGraw,Faith Hill,
 Shania Twain and others.
     The Foundation is widely recognized as a national leader in bald eagle
 conservation, recovery and education.  Founded in 1985, it is dedicated to the
 care and protection of the bald eagle and its habitat.  The Foundation has
 educated millions of people, hatched and released dozens of eaglets into the
 wild, and rehabilitated numerous injured eagles and other birds of prey.
     Visit www.eagles.org for more information.
 
 

SOURCE American Eagle Foundation
    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A happy American eagle couple
 have proudly laid three eggs before the eyes of the world via "live" action
 video cameras on the Internet.  Since March 1st, tens of thousands of children
 and adults around the globe have been watching this majestic bald eagle pair
 placing sticks in their nest and, more recently, forming a "nest cup" for
 their eggs in preparation for the big day.
     The non-releasable birds, named "Liberty" and "Justice," have been
 together since 1993 and are cared for by the non-profit American Eagle
 Foundation home-based at Dolly Parton's Dollywood Entertainment park in Pigeon
 Forge, Tennessee.  The eggs are expected to hatch in early May, and, if all
 goes well, the Foundation plans to release any eaglets into the foothills of
 the Great Smoky Mountains in August.  The eagle nest is expected to be on-line
 at http://www.eagles.org until July 4th.
     "You can now see these faithful mates tending daily to their nesting
 duties and taking turns incubating their eggs," says Al Louis Cecere,
 president of The American Eagle Foundation.  "We may soon have the rare
 privilege of witnessing them tenderly caring for their babies."
     "Liberty" and "Justice" can no longer survive on their own.  The birds
 live in captivity because of permanent physical disabilities caused by the
 irresponsible actions of people with guns.  The young that they produce and
 care for are released into the wild by the Foundation to assist eagle
 repopulation efforts in the Southeastern United States.  So far, they have
 reared a total of ten young that have been successfully released since 1996,
 including the first captive hatched bald eagle triplets in Tennessee's
 history.
     Over 80,000 U.S. elementary schools have been invited by the Foundation to
 tune-in to the "nest-watch."
     "The response has been great, and things are going well," said Cecere.
     Three video cameras keep a close electronic eye on the nesting pair from
 different vantage points.  They are backed by live action streaming video
 viewed in real time.
     In addition to the Eagle Cams, there are plenty of pages to captivate and
 educate visitors on the website.  A RealPlayer option allows Website visitors
 to view archived nesting eagles footage and experience a "Save The Eagle" song
 music video and numerous Public Service Announcements presented by a variety
 of Country Music Stars like Reba McEntire, Clint Black, Tim McGraw,Faith Hill,
 Shania Twain and others.
     The Foundation is widely recognized as a national leader in bald eagle
 conservation, recovery and education.  Founded in 1985, it is dedicated to the
 care and protection of the bald eagle and its habitat.  The Foundation has
 educated millions of people, hatched and released dozens of eaglets into the
 wild, and rehabilitated numerous injured eagles and other birds of prey.
     Visit www.eagles.org for more information.
 
 SOURCE  American Eagle Foundation