Images © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, www.eagles.org, who has taken on the responsibility to care and provide for Challenger, as well as many other Bald eagles and other raptors, thank you AEF!
9/21/16 – Challenger is a 27 year old Bald eagle who was born wild but imprinted on his rescuers when he was a young chick. He was released twice, but did not know how to hunt, instead he sought out humans for food. Challenger was named in honor of the fallen space shuttle crew, and he was trained to be an ambassador for his species. He is used in educational programs, but has also been trained to perform a truly amazing feat: he flies free during the Star Spangled Banner!
This year, on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Challenger flew during the opening of the Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills game.
And if you ever wondered how you fly with an eagle, Nat Geo Wild explains!
Learn more about the American Eagle Foundation and their mission to protect Bald eagles.
And don’t forget, AEF NEFL Eagle Cam is now live for the upcoming 2016-2017 season! Hooray, Romeo and Juliette are back and starting off the season!