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.
 


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sharp-Shined Hawk to be released at Alaska Zoo

13-416 the sharp shined hawk, will be released tomorrow at the Alaska Zoo at 4pm in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.
It got a full examination and beak cooping yesterday in preparation for its big day.
We hope to see you there!


Friday, May 09, 2014

Update on Adak dump burn eagles


For those who don't remember, we have 5 immature bald eagles that came from Adak in December 2013 & January 2014. They were burned in a dump fire. Click here and here for previous stories. 
 All of the birds are progressing well. Two are flighted even though they don't have all of their feathers back yet. Each bird is in a different stage of molt.
They are all getting along well and are in good shape considering. Hopefully by end of summer they will have completed their molts, regained good flight and we can release them back into the wild.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Petra, one of Bird TLC's education eagles, lays an egg

Petra came to Bird TLC in 1995 after being found in a leg hold trap. It was determined that she was non-releasable because of a permanent shoulder injury and she was placed in the education program soon after. Leslie Lancaster became her caretaker until her tragic death in a auto accident on December 4, 2006. Prior to that date, we don't know if she's every laid an egg before.
 
Petra came back to live at the old Bird TLC clinic on Nielson Way. Eventually she would move into a very large mew formerly occupied by One Wing and Ol' Witch until they passed away. From then on Petra was in charge of the mew yard. She always offered her opinion and it was always heard.
 
In December 2013, Bird TLC had to move from the Nielson Way location when the building was sold. Knowing that we'd be moving to a smaller location, Lisa and her dad Mike, built Petra a very nice mew in Lisa's backyard. (See Petra's big move.) On 12/15/2013, Petra moved in and you could tell it was meant to be. Lisa is an awesome caretaker, besides presenter, and you can tell Petra approved..
The other day, I got an excited text message "Petra's first egg!!!!!! along with a photo. At first Lisa thought I had played a joke on her. A couple of Easters ago, I put a large pink and sparkly egg in Petra's mew on Easter. This time I had nothing to do with it, it was all Petra.
We guess that she has become comfortable with her new home. Also, she is living in a more quiet area. So, mother nature and Petra took their course. Now, it's not fertile. Petra doesn't have a partner. So there won't be any little eagle feet scouring around.  Even though, this is exciting news for all of us involved with Petra.

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.