After Bald Eagles become sexually mature (at about 4 to 5 years of age) and choose their life-long mates, they tend to return to the general area where one of the pair first learned to fledge, or fly.
It turns out that after fledging into the wild from the hacking tower on Douglas Lake, this female Eagle decided to return to the Pigeon Forge area 3 years later with her mate to build their first nest!
This allowed AEF to read the ID number on the Eagle’s metal leg band.
“Lady Independence” and “Sir Hatcher” are a wild pair of bald Eagles that took up residence just miles from the American Eagle Foundation and have produced several young since 2013.
2012-2013: “Lady Independence” and “Sir Hatcher” build a second nest in the same tree. The two little eaglets were thriving, and had reached the age of 6 weeks when another huge storm passed through.
Unfortunately, the nest was severely damaged and both eaglets fell to the ground.
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