For more than 100 years, eagles have been associated with Auburn University. From a static presence on the sidelines of Jordan-Hare Stadium to the rousing flights over the field, WAR EAGLE has become an Auburn Icon.
The role of Auburn University's eagles is to promote wildlife conservation as a part of the education initiatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serve and the College of Veterinary Medicine's Southeastern Raptor Center. The USF&WS permits the Raptor Center to house eagles and use them on hundreds of educational presentations each year – including Auburn's home football games. Currently, three flighted eagles and numerous other non-releasable raptors are used for these educational programs.
Eagles stir emotions in many people as they have come to symbolize strength, power and courage as well as other important values such as freedom, American heritage and the reservation of our environment. Golden Eagles Tiger (War Eagle VI), Nova (War Eagle VII) and Spirit (a Bald Eagle) are the eagles who have inspired football fans with their graceful flights over Jordan-Hare Stadium.