AEF releases American eagles Thunderhead and Destiny at Douglas Lake

Associated Press • Aug 5, 2013 at 12:02 AM

DANDRIDGE — The American Eagle Foundation has released two of the majestic birds at Douglas Lake.

The Citizen Tribune reported that the two American eagles were released Friday at a hack tower location in Dandridge.

Laura Sterbens, the foundation’s wildlife coordinator, says the group uses domestic breeding pairs of eagles and raises their young so they can be released into the wild in efforts to repopulate the species.

The release was the first time the birds attempted to fly. It also marked the first time that the foundation began using satellites to track the eagles by GPS transmitters.

The eagles, named Thunderhead and Destiny, were previously tracked by radio signals and had a limited traceable radius.

Find out more by visiting the foundation’s website.

Information from Citizen Tribune.

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