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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The ALS challange

We were challenged by the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. We meet the challenge and challenged the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines and Alaska Wildbird Rehabilitation in Big Lake. Bbrrrr

Friday, August 22, 2014

We're still here

I know we haven't posted in a while, but we're still here. It's been a busy summer. Above Dr. Karen Higgs is working on the damaged wrist of one of the bald eagles that came in a few months ago. We've taken in 50 Bald Eagles so far this year.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Adak burn eagle to be released

Bird Treatment and Learning Center
NEWS RELEASE
The Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage is excited to announce the release of one of the burn eagles from Adak. The bird now known as Sparkie, came to Bird TLC in February 2014 after hunting rodents at the Adak landfill and landing on hot embers along with five other eagles. The fire did heavy damage to its tail and wing feathers. After a lengthy recovery, the feathers regrew after the bird molted its damaged feathers. He’s been recovering at Bird TLC’s Flight Center on JBER Richardson for the past 4 months regaining his strength.
Sparkie has proven that he is ready to be released with his beautiful flight. He will be released at the Soldotna Progress Days in Soldotna this Saturday at 2 pm. The release is open to the public and admission is free.
For more information, call Dave Dorsey @ 907-351-4968 / davedorsey@gci.net or the Bird TLC office at 907-562-4852 / office@birdtlc.net

KTUU Channel 2's Lacie Grosvold story on Sparkie and the release. Click here
 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

To Fox Island

Bird TLC started a new education venue on Fox Island along with Kenai Fjords Tours. If you don't know where Fox Island is, head to Seward, get on a large boat, head about 45 minutes south and you're there.
 On the way there, we saw porpoise, bowhead whales, eagles and more. The scenery is awesome.
Fox Island is uninhabited, but has several vacation lodges. Kenai Fjords tours has a couple there. In between presentations I went on an short island tour with Ranger Jim of the National Park Service. Jim is very knowledgeable of the islands history.
 During their stay, young people 4 - 12 can become a junior ranger.
When it was time for Hal's presentation, everyone was having a lunch of Alaskan Salmon, prime rib, salads and deserts. You could have heard a pin drop when Hal came out. 

This was my first presentation with Hal. so I was a little nervous. Hal wasn't, being the old pro he is.

We were flooded with eagle questions and Hal getting his picture taken. I guess you could say it was a success.

And this was our return ride to Seward. I must say that the whole staff of Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward and on Fox Island were most helpful and polite. The captains and crew members were more than helpful and accommodating. I know Hal and I had fun. I hope everyone enjoyed his visit.


Saturday, July 05, 2014

Eagle release and presentation at McKinley Princess Lodge

Be 14-22 was selected for release on July 4th, so he inherited the name Indy. Rightfully so because it is our Independence Day and his too.
 And from the start, Indy was ready for his Independence Day.
Indy celebrated with a picture perfect release and a short fly by of the crowd. The temperatures we in the low 80°s, but there were several hundred there viewing the release.
Indy had a few feathers missing, a few new ones coming in. This wasn't stopping him from  his independence.
Afterwards Terri and Hal did a presentation for the crowd. There were hundreds in the Great Room from all over the world.
 
Thanks McKinley Princess Lodge for your awesome support of Bird TLC and thanks to the very warm and generous crowd.