Sunday, April 13, 2014

2014 "For the Birds"

Again this year Bird TLC "For the Birds" had a great turn out. The auction committee needs a big pat on the back for putting such a wonderful event on.

A lot of Bird TLC's education irds were there along with their presenters.

Of course Kodi was there soaking up the attention.

Lots of items were up for bid in the live auction as well

and we had presenters of all ages.
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Bird TLC last night!
To view photos by Dave Dorsey, click here.
To view photos by Britt Coon, click here.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Fairbanks can always use another Bohemian Waxwing

(Photo by Nancy DeWitt)
I went to Fairbanks this past weekend to do a presentation, but was asked to take a bohemian waxwing along to release it. None of the Bird TLC volunteers have seen any waxwings in Anchorage for a bit and all of the trees are already striped of berries. So I asked my host in Fairbanks, Nancy, and she said they have been seeing plenty. Bring it on.
So we went waxwing hunting Saturday morning and sure enough on the University of Alaska, Fairbanks campus, there were plenty. Nancy pulled over and we got out and it sounded like a dozen George Jetson cars were going by. I opened the kennel and the waxwing hesitated for a few seconds and then came out like a bullet, straight for a spruce tree were there were already plenty of its cousins.
Once it made it to the tree, we couldn't tell one from another. They were all buzzing around chowing down on what berries were still on the trees.
And just in case the one waxwing wants to come back to Anchorage, there's a milepost right there.
Thanks for the help Nancy!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Northern Goshawk 14-01 released

The first  raptor release of the year today for Bird TLC. Northern Goshawk 14-01 was released at the Bird TLC property overlooking Potter Marsh.
The weather was perfect for it.
Bev got to be interviewed afterwards and was awesome!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Goodbye Gus

Bird TLC education bird 99-291, the Great Horned Owl named Gus passed away today. His age was guessed at 24. He came to Bird TLC in 1992 from Elmendorf AFB where he was suspected to have been hit by a car. His right wing had permanent damage but Gus still had a lot of fight left in him. He became an education bird, the first GHOW for Bird TLC in 1993. Gus had many presenters and caretakers over the years. He also saw thousands of people at his presentations over the years, teaching them about owls. His most recent caretaker was Gina Holloman. I know we all feel privileged to have had him in our lives. Fly high Gus! Our hearts might be sad today, but you made us happy for many.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Save the Eagle 2014

Today Bird TLC celebrated Save the Eagles Day. Our Education Eagles and their highly experienced eagle presenters were available for the public to see these magnificent birds up close and to ask any questions they would like about them.
Hal, the oldest of the eagles at Bird TLC, showed off why these iconic birds are admired. At 25, Hal is one of the oldest known eagles in Alaska. Though eagles have never been endangered of extinction in Alaska, they were not protected by law until the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act,  Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act were passed and enforced.
Golden Eagles like Denali are protected by these same laws. Denali is the only Golden Eagle in Bird TLC's Education Program and is very vocal about protecting what is his.
Petra is the largest of the eagles at Bird TLC and the loudest. Her and Hal got everyone's attention when they called back and forth for a few minutes.
Those who attended got to see why we still need a Save the Eagles Day. Even though bald eagles came off of the Endangered Species list in 2007, it wasn't that long ago, 1961, there were only 471 mating pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48.
Thanks to all that came and thanks for wanting to save and protect our eagles.

Friday, January 03, 2014

We've moved!

After 15 years at our Nielson Way location, the building was sold and we've had to move. The new address is

Bird Treatment and Learning Center
7800 King Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99518

As usual, Bird TLC volunteers came out of the woodwork to help in the move. Everything from dismantling mews to moving desk. All had to be reassembled and organized at the new location.

All phone numbers are the same and injured birds are being admitted at the new location.

Expenses for the move were a little high. If you can help with a donation, please click the donate button on the top right of the page.

Here's a link to KTUU Channel 2 story on the move on Facebook.
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