As most of you know, we lost Leslie Landcaster and her daughter in a bad car accident almost 2 months ago. She was the only caretaker and presenter of Petra the bald eagle in Bird TLC's Education Progam. We have 3 other bald eagles in the program. Now we have too many eagles and not enough handlers.
Cindy had members apply for the handler position and decided to have multiple handlers work with Petra. All that applied had not worked with an eagle before and only one has worked with a raptor. From those she selected three.
She also reached into her bag of tricks and got Alex Carter, long time Bird TLC member, eagle handler and trainer to help out. Yesterday was the third class but it was the first day Petra was put on fist since Leslie had done so last. Petra did a fine job however you could tell she was a little lost because she misses her caretaker and there's new people trying to take her place.
At left clockwise; May Bethe, Golden Eagle caretaker and handler. Greg MacDonald, Linda and Todd Boren, Steve Ross in training. Cindy Palmatier, Rehab Director, Alex and Petra.