Wednesday, September 28, 2016


BE13-10. Let me explain what that means. BE is an abbreviation for bald eagle, 13 is the year it came into Bird TLC's clinic and 10 means the 10th bald eagle so far that year.

BE13-10 was sent to Bird TLC from USF&W Biologist Robin Corcoran in Kodiak NWR on Feb. 17, 2013. He was found in the water. She called me and asked that I'd pick him up at the airport. I did and brought him back to the clinic and bedded him down for the night. He would be examined the next day.

There were no real significant findings during his exam. He was thin, a little beat up, but nothing to keep him from being released soon or so we thought. A few weeks later he was sent to the flight center to build up his strength to be released.

At the flight center, things were a little different. After a few days we would have expected some type of flight. He was a good hopper and a skipper, but no flight. He was even having troubles getting on the perches. Nothing like what we expected. He was kenneled up and returned to the clinic to have another exam.

At his exam, he was found to not have a full range of motion in his left shoulder and also possible spinal damage. There was nothing we could do for him. He was returned to the flight center with the hopes this would work itself out in time.

Time goes by and there's not any improvement and BE13-10 is labeled as not flighted and not releasable. I know, because I wrote it on his chart. He is still being observed but no changes really. He's put on the list for placement, but placement of an adult bald eagle that's not flighted isn't good. Fortunately for him, business had been slow, so there is plenty of room out at the flight center.

About a year ago, I stopped volunteering at the flight center. BE13-10 was still not flight and his future was very uncertain. A few months ago I'm hearing that BE13-10 is flighted, not good but flighted. A few weeks ago I started hearing that his flight is improving and there's a hope of him becoming releasable.

Today I returned to the flight center for the first time in a long while to help with a cleanup and do some repairs. I checked in on BE13-10. He is flighted and looking really good. He's acting like a mature bald eagle and was even preening while I was in his cell.

What a great feeling after 3 1/2 years to see this guy doing so well. If all continues with him improving, he's going to be released back to the wild in Haines, Alaska for the American Bald Eagle Festival on Nov 19.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scarlet & Hal go to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

A beautiful day at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Scarlet & Hal had their own ride while the rest of had a short hike back to the presentation area.
 We had a very nice crowd from China and an awesome background. It was a very hot day and there were some forest fires burning about 15 miles away.
 It was a little challenging having to use interpreters, since Patricia and I don't speak Mandarin But it went well..
The young kids are the ones most excited and they spoke fair English.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Common Murre die-off has died down after 40K carcasses found this winter

Common Murre die-off has died down after 40K carcasses found this winter: For now, a crisis has been averted for the massive seabird die-off that concerned scientists this winter, according to officials with Anchorage's Bird Training and Learning Center.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Welcome Amy

We're happy to announce that Thursday’s Lead Clinic Volunteer, Amy Kilshaw, has accepted the Avian Rehabilitation Coordinator position and will begin working at Bird TLC on March 9th. Amy brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that will serve Bird TLC well. Please give her a warm welcome when you see her in the office.

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!
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