Sunday, January 10, 2016

More Common Murres than we've ever seen

On the average, Bird TLC would only get a couple common murres a year. So far in 2016 they've taken in over 225. Most of these seabirds are being sent to TLC from interior Alaska. Some as far north as Fairbanks. They are starving and looking for food.
 If their weight is low, they are tube feed a special slurry to help fatten them up again. Some feedings are three times a day.
Their waterproofing is checked. If it's poor, they are bathed.
 They are monitored for progress. And once there are determined to be releasable, they are sent back to sea. We have no idea if we're making much of an impact. We hope we are making a difference. There are hundreds dead on the beaches of Whittier, Seward and other coastal towns across the northwest.
 These birds are stacked in the lobby of Bird TLC await release later in the day.
Volunteers are constructing a water tank with a landing for the murres. It'll be used for other seabirds also later on.
This has been a large task for Bird TLC and its dedicated volunteers. It has made a strain on the finances because of the large operation this is. So far, over 350 birds have been admitted. Sorry I don't have a release total for you at this time.
If you can help out as a volunteer, call the Bird TLC office at 907-351-4968 M- F 9 - 5. Don't be surprised if you have to leave a message and it mike take a little for your call to be returned. The staff is a little overwhelmed. Fell free to stop by 7800 King Street, not for a tour or information though.
If you would like to help financially, go to our website at and select from any of the donation buttons there.
If you're an Alaskan, please consider picking the Bird Treatment and Learning Center for Pick, Click & Give when you file for you PFD.
Your help is appreciated!
Here are some of the news links

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bald Eagle BE14-63 released

BE 14-63 was released Friday afternoon at the Bird TLC property in South Anchorage. She had come to TLC last November from Dutch Harbor for not thriving, though we don't know why. After months of care and rehabilitation, she is taking good care of herself and flying great. The release went so well, she played in the thermals above the release area before flying off.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Hal the Bald Eagle gets new gear

The gear that our birds wear and our Education Handlers use is borrowed from the falconry world. Falconry has been around for centuries and some of the gear is the same now as back when. Well, Hal's caretaker / presenters decided it was time for him to update his gear.
Hal has worn what is called traditional jesses for about 25 years. When they wear, tear or dry out, he would get a new pair.
 They were pretty large and made of thick leather. They did their job but were not as presentable as newer anklets or aylimeri's. They don't look that comfortable for Hal also.
 So Wednesday, Hal had to have an annual exam and what better time to knock everything out. Above on his left foot you can see the new Alymeri attached, but still needs to be trimmed.
 Here Lisa is  checking the right one for fit.
 And while we were there he got his talons trimmed.
Here you see in a photo of Hal from last year, the thick leather traditional jesses.
I had to leave before they were done with Hal. I'll get an updated photo of him and his new bling. I did take him on a presentation last night, and he seemed much happier with the new gear and so was I.
If you want to know more about falconry equipment, check out The Modern Apprentice. Lydia Ash does an in depth website for falconry and its equipment.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dr Oakley, Yukon Vet visits Bird TLC.

It takes a few seconds to load, so be patient. The full episode airs on Saturday 12/6 9 PM EST which should be 5 PM AST, but check your listings. Dr. Oakly, Dr. Karen Higgs and I examine one of the Adak burn birds while at the flight center earlier this year.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Do you know the way to Haines, Alaska?

 These two eagles are going to Haines on Wednesday for the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival in Haines. There they'll be released as part of the "Flight for Freedom".
 Both of these birds came to Bird TLC from Adak, Alaska. They received burns while at the local dump. All of the primary and secondary flight feathers were heavily damaged and they were unable to fly. We had to wait on Mother Nature to have the birds molt, to see if they would be able to fly.
The last two photos should tell you how that turned out.
Here's hoping for a wonderful life for these two young birds in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I love it when people send me photos

I love it when people send me photos of one of our events. Patti Bogan sent me some photos she had taken of a Golden Eagle and a immature Bald Eagle we released a few weekends ago.
 Both were picture perfect.
 But wait, she didn't take any photos of herself doing a release of a mature Bald Eagle. Don't worry Patti, we got you covered.
Thanks for your photos Patti!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Snowy Owl time

This young snowy owl came in Saturday night from North Slope, Alaska with a right wing wrist injury. As you can see in the x-ray, it has a compound fracture at the metacarpal near the joint where it joins the ulna.
 Chances are it clipped its wing on something while flying along.
 It has heavy bruising and is very sensitive.
 Dr. Karen knocked it out to do a more thorough exam. At this time we were able to treat for feather louse and trim its talons.
 The small black dots are feather lice or louse. Because of the infestation, it might not have been taking good care of itself prior to its accident. It's weight was good at 3.7 lbs.
In this photo a still very sleepy owl. Because of its age, size and colorization, we're unable to tell sex. Blood was drawn to help us on that. It's also too soon to determine a course of action. Dr. Karen is consulting with many of her colleagues. This is a tough one.