“The birds flew majestically while discovering their newfound freedom right after the nesting tower door was opened by several of Miley’s East Tennessee fans,” said AEF founder and President Al Cecere. “This is yet another step in our efforts to fully bring back eagles to our nation’s lands, waterways and skies."
The young eagles named by the Cyruses were hatched from non-releasable parents earlier this spring at the AEF’s United States Eagle Center at the Dollywood family adventure park in Pigeon Forge, TN. Five other captive-hatched eaglets were also released.
A song titled “Wake Up America” appears on Miley’s new record album (“Breakout”) that expresses the singer’s feelings about protecting our Earth and America’s natural resources:
|The Earth is calling out|
|I wanna learn|
|What it's all about|
|Everything I read|
|Is global warming,|
|Wake up America|
|We're all in this together|
|It's our home|
|So let's take care of it|
To date, 313 captive-hatched and translocated bald eaglets have been released in Tennessee since the early 1980s - with 95 eaglets released at the Douglas Lake location.
There are presently an estimated 77 successful wild nests in Tennessee that fledged about 135 young last year. The state had no known occupied eagle nests in the early 1980s.
“Although the bald eagle was delisted from Endangered Species Act protection in June 2007, America’s living symbol isn’t out of the woods yet,” said Cecere. “The bird’s fight for future survival will be an on-going process."
According to the AEF, it will cost millions of dollars to monitor and protect eagle nests on private lands nationally for the remainder of this decade and beyond.
The conservation group hopes to raise an initial $10 million from the general public for its American Eagle Fund endowment by 2009 - to help monitor and protect the bald eagle for future generations.
A special United States Mint commemorative eagle coin set that went on sale in January 2008 has already raised over $6 million for the Fund, and could potentially raise over $10 million by the end of the year with the public’s support (www.usmint.gov). The coins celebrate the eagle’s successful recovery to America.
“It’s the responsibility of every American to participate in keeping this precious national treasure flying strong and free forever,” said Cecere.