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Dollywood’s Eagle Program Grows

Eagle Mountain Sanctuary is a true Dollywood gem. It fits so naturally with the theme park mountainside, it’s easy to miss as you walk through Craftsman’s Valley. I encourage you not to, though! In partnership with the American Eagle Foundation (AEF), Dollywood is home to the largest population of non-releasable bald eagles. Learn more about Dollywood’s eagle program in this blog.

But there’s more than just what you see at the park in the sanctuary and the Birds of Prey show. There’s an off-site location that houses even more educational ambassador residents—eagles and beyond. I visited the off-site location and took some pictures as I spoke with some of the avian care team. I captured some moments during their training sessions and feeding time. [As an aside, feeding time is not for the squeamish!] Some of the AEF birds are quite famous—they even have their own social media pages with thousands of loyal followers. Check out these Instagram accounts!

I’m excited to tell you the American Eagle Foundation is growing. As they continue their work at Dollywood, they broke ground on a new state-of-the-art off-site facility yesterday. The new complex will sit on 57 acres and will be made up of several new buildings that will provide the birds there some much needed room to spread out. The property will include walking trails, gardens and interactive exhibits. Visitors will be invited to see the birds enjoying their spacious aviaries. Some rooms will even be large enough for the eagles to take flight and really spread their wings!

By | 2021-09-23T10:49:56+00:00 September 22nd, 2021|Entertainment|0 Comments

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Eric Calder (Dollywood Insider 2021-Now) started shooting photography when he was in high school and fell in love with the art. After 11 years in the wedding photography business, he began searching for something more adventurous and found his new passion: amusement and theme park photography! This new hobby eventually led to the start of @between.the.parks on several social media platforms. After a visit to Dollywood in 2003, he was instantly hooked. The beauty and charm of Dollywood made it feel like a second home, and he could not wait to return! Now every chance Eric gets, he is back with camera in-hand to cover everything Dollywood has to offer. When not at Dollywood, Eric and his two teens are in South Carolina spending time with family and friends.
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