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Right now your pledge to WHYY goes even further.
For every pledge that WHYY receives, WHYY will pay for a meal for Challenger, the American Bald Eagle, or one of the other birds of prey who are taken care of by the American Eagle Foundation. Challenger is the first American Bald Eagle trained to free fly in stadiums, and has flown at 16 Philadelphia Eagles Games since 2012.
Challenger is a 28 year old male Bald Eagle who was blown from his wild nest as a baby during a storm in Louisiana. He became imprinted on people due to too much human contact, and came to live with the non-profit American Eagle Foundation at 1 year of age.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF), located in Tennessee, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to care for and protect the USA’ s living symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey through the four pillars of Education, Re-population, Conservation and Rehabilitation. The AEF cares for approximately 80 non-releasable birds or prey, including Bald & Golden Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Owls, and Vultures.