In addition to bald eagle Freedom's story, check out Challenger's feats on this page's video. (Most photos can be enlarged.)

Challenger wows the crowd at Wrigley Field on May 28, 2012, as the Cubs play the Padres.

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A Bald Eagle Music Video
Titled "This Is America"

"Challenger" Is the Star Attraction

Enjoy this video's beautiful account and heartfelt music.

Challenger is a non-releasable bald eagle in the care of the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF). He's the first bald eagle in history trained to fly freely into major sporting events during the playing of the National Anthem.

Since 1991, this majestic bird has been a free-flying educational ambassador for his recovering species in the wild. He was blown from his Louisiana nest in a storm at five weeks of age — was rescued and hand-raised by well-meaning people. As a result, he became human-imprinted for life.

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Click to video's Start arrow to see Challenger in action.

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Click the images on each side of the video to enlarge them; the left image's link provides a free eagle bookmark.

Named in honor of the lost space shuttle crew, Challenger has performed free-flights during the USA's National Anthem at hundreds of events coast to coast — raising substantial public awareness for the bald eagle protection cause. He is the first bald eagle in American history trained to free-fly into stadiums and arenas during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. He has helped educate millions of people about the need to protect the USA's national bird.


AEF President Al Louis Cecere and Challenger, team up as traveling educational ambassadors for more than 20 years. Members of the Texas Rangers (right photo) line up on the first-base line during introductions as Challenger, a bald eagle, flies down to his keeper on the mound prior to the Rangers home-opener.

Once on the brink of extinction, the bald eagle has made a successful comeback to the USA's lands, waterways, and skies. In June 2007, our nation's living symbol of freedom was removed from Endangered Species Act protection. Its dramatic recovery is an American success story attained by caring people working together. It will now be up to every United States citizen to keep this precious national treasure flying strong and free for future generations.

The words and music of the "When Challenger Flies" song (the video sound track) were composed and performed by James Rogers, entertainer and songwriter (

Also see bald eagle "Freedom" on this page.