Glenda & Grant
Pigeon Forge, TN
Meet Dollywood Bald Eagle Nesting Pair: Glenda & Grant
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Welcome to the 2019 Nesting Season!
'Glenda' and ‘Grant' are permanently disabled, non-releasable Bald Eagles that were transferred to the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to be forever cared for. They currently reside at the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood.
Both Glenda and Grant were residents in the Dollywood Pick-a-Mate enclosure. In 2017, it was observed that they had developed an attraction for each other. Following that observation, Glenda and Grant were removed from the Pick-a-Mate section and placed in their own private compartment on the mountain. Their neighbors to the right are Isaiah and Mrs. Jefferson, and the Pick-a-Mate residents are on the left.
In their first season together, Glenda and Grant had two eggs, laid on March 11, 2018 and March 14, 2018. Unfortunately, neither egg was viable. Although saddened by the ending to their first nesting season, AEF is confident they have the instincts to be parents and look forward to their next nesting season.
At Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN) guests can stroll along the edge of Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, where they will see the largest exhibit of non-releasable Bald Eagles in the United States. The Bald Eagles residing within Eagle Mountain Sanctuary are all permanently disabled and would not be able to survive in the wild. This 400,000 cubic-foot aviary houses two Bald Eagle nesting pairs in separate breeding enclosures, as well as about a dozen other non-mated, co-habitating eagles, all cared for the non-profit American Eagle Foundation.
Eaglets hatched and raised at Eagle Mountain Sanctuary are transferred to the AEF’s hacking tower at about 6–7 weeks of age where they will acclimate to a wild, natural setting into which they will be released at fledging age.
They have hatched and raised numerous young as a part of the AEF’s Captive Breeding and Hacking programs.
Glenda is a female bald eagle and her age is unknown.
Glenda could write a book about her many adventures before she arrived at the AEF.
In June of 2012, in Spokane, WA, Glenda was found injured and was taken to Washington State University’s Veterinary Hospital raptor program for treatment. It was thought the bird had ingested something very toxic, and the prognosis was grim. She also had a fracture close to the left elbow. Word of the bird’s plight spread quickly from Spokane to the East Coast – becoming so popular that ABC’s Diane Sawyer shared her story with the world in her news broadcast. The AEF immediately offered its facilities if the eagle survived but was found non-releasable.
In November of 2012, having been given only a 30 percent chance of survival, Glenda (once called Glen before discovering “he” was a “she”) beat the odds, was banded and released.
For a while, Glenda did OK – but in August 2013 she was once again found unable to fly (although with a full crop and otherwise healthy). It was determined that Glenda had arthritis in her left wing (due to the previous fracture), and would not be able to survive in the wild.
Glenda arrived at the AEF in April 2014, weighing in at 11.6 pounds – an absolutely gorgeous eagle. After being in quarantine for 30 days, Glenda was allowed to go into the PAM section of Eagle Mountain Sanctuary. She was the largest eagle there, and adjusted beautifully.
In 2017, while in the PAM section, Glenda showed an interest in a particular Bald Eagle, Providence. Providence also seemed interested! In hopes they will develop a bond, AEF has moved Glenda and Providence (now named Grant) into the aviary previously occupied by Eleanor and Mr. Roosevelt.
Grant is a male bald eagle and his age is unknown.
Grant, formerly known as Providence, is an adult bald eagle who arrived at American Eagle Foundation July, 2009, as an adult. Grant was transferred to AEF from Wildlife Center of Virginia, where he had been treated for a fractured bone. During recovery he developed problems with his left wrist, which left him permanently disabled.
His limited flight left him unreleasable but he became a wonderful educational candidate for our Pick-a-Mate aviary. While residing in the Pick-a-Mate section, it was observed that he was attracted to Glenda. In 2018 they were placed together in a private compartment on Eagle Mountain Sanctuary where it is hoped they will become a breeding pair.
For more information please visit the American Eagle Foundation website.
2019 Season History
- February 5, 2019 - Cameras went live
- March 9, 2019 - First egg laid
- April 17, 2019 - First hatch
2018 Season History
Summary: 2 eggs laid, 0 hatch, 0 release
- March 11, 2018 - First egg laid
- March 14, 2018 - Second egg laid
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