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The Story of Challenger: The Inspiring Bald Eagle to Be Subject at TWRA’s Nature @ Noontime

Monday, April 01, 2013 | 10:44am

NASHVILLE --- The Story of Challenger: The Inspiring Free-flying Bald Eagle will be the April topic for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Nature @ Noontime program. The program will be Thursday, April 4 from noon until 1 p.m. at the TWRA Region II Ray Bell Building.

Bob Hatcher, who served the TWRA from 1963-2001 will be the program presenter. He worked with TWRA as a fisheries biologist, environmental planner, administrative assistant to the TWRA director, and nongame and endangered wildlife coordinator (1978-2001) during his distinguished career. He was instrumental in the 1985 organization of the American Eagle Foundation.

Challenger is the rescued bald eagle who has thrilled millions by flying at major sporting events, conference, and three presidential inaugurations. Challenger has been an ambassador for his species since 1993. He is the first bald eagle trained to free fly at major sporting events into sporting events during the National Anthem. 

Challenger has influenced more than $800 million for state nongame wildlife programs during the last 12 years. His image is on a Tennessee license plate and a bald eagle commemorative coin. He is in the care of the American Eagle Foundation and resides in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Hosted by the Information and Education Division, Nature @ Noontime is held the first Thursday of each month. TWRA Nature @ Noontime presentations are about natural resource related topics and last about 30-45 minutes, allowing time for discussion during the allotted lunch hour. Contact Don King (615) 781-6502 or by e-mail: for more information.


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