Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cindy & electrocution eagle on Channel 2 News

Cindy went to the flight center last week with the crew from KTUU Channel 2 News to visit with the Bald Eagle from Kodiak that was electrocuted on a telephone pole. Check out the story here at

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mt. Redoubt adviseory

Good Morning,

Just a quick update for everyone, Mt. Redoubt is rumbling again, as I’m sure you have heard. So now seemed like a good time to go over the best way to deal with volcanic ash & birds.


If we have the space, we will bring the outdoor birds inside until the ashfall has subsided. This is especially true of flighted or semi-flighted birds that might suck the ash farther into their airways.

Flight pens:

Stop exercising the birds immediately, just feed & water, causing as little reason for the birds to move/fly as possible.


If you caretake a smaller BTLC bird it would be ideal to move them to an indoor location if possible. If this isn’t possible, or if you caretake a larger bird, assure the top of your mew is covered and let the bird sit quietly as much as possible.

The goal for all of our birds is to have them breathe as little of the ash into their systems as possible. Wild birds usually hunker down when adverse conditions occur, and we want to allow our rehab & education birds the best option to do the same.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know and we will try and get them answered.



Cindy Palmatier
Director of Avian Care

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Owl Native To Arctic Spotted In Tennesse

Snowy Owl Seen Around Spring Hill In December

By Reported by Alan Frio
updated 10:17 a.m. HT, Wed., Jan. 21, 2009

SPRING HILL, Tenn. - The thousands of acres that surround the General Motors plant in Spring Hill have become home to a bird not native to Tennessee.

A snowy owl, which is more commonly found in Canada and polar regions, was first spotted in the area in December.

Bird lovers from other states have flocked to the area with their telephoto lenses in hopes of capturing a peek at the rare site.

Local wildlife experts said the last citing of a snowy owl in Tennessee was about 22 years ago.

"The last one that I know about was seen in Dover, Tenn., (around) 1987, so its super rare," said Shari Meghreblian, the on-site environmentalist for the 2,400 acres surrounding the GM plant.

"These are arctic birds, and they do fly south to find food, and, you know, we're not really sure why he came this far south," said Meghreblian. "It's quite a lifetime find really, so we've had folks from the middle Tennessee area, and even so far away as Georgia and Alabama."

As word spreads of the bird's presence in middle Tennesee, people are scrambling for one fleeting look at something they may never see again in their lifetime.

"Probably when it starts to turn warm, he'll fly north again. So we don't know that we'll see him again," said Meghreblian.

GM officials said the owl's prescence has spread fast, causing a back-up Tuesday on Highway 31.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bird TLC looses a good friend in Homer

Jean Keene aka The Eagle Lady has passed away due to complications from cancer. She was a friend to most people who meet her. I was one of the fortunate who did. Todd and Linda Boren and myself had coffee with her when we went to Homer to release an eagle back in November 2007. We joined her at her booth at the Lands End and we talked eagles. She was one of a kind.

Here's the story in the Homer News.
Goodbye Jean. Many eagles and many of your friends will miss you.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Flight Center cont....

It's been cold. Last Wednesday it was -32f at the Flight Center. Doesn't matter, the birds still need to be feed. When it's cold like that, they have to be ready to eat. The salmon freezes up fast.

The best time is when all is said and done and they quiet down to eat. All you hear is the tearing of salmon. That makes it all worth while!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Welcome to the Flight Center cont.......

We have a pretty steady crew out at the Flight Center. Seldom are there openings, but every once in a while we need a back up or fill in here and there. So is the case for the Wednesday slot right now. Long time TLC volunteer Britt is going to fill that slot for a while.

We went out this past Wednesday for feeding and training. It was -12°f. If you're going to get a taste of working at the Flight Center, that's the kind of day that will tell you if you want to work there or not. She's a trooper and she wants to stick with us, so next Wednesday she does it on her own.

Britt's also a pretty good photographer. You've seen her pictures posted her before. Well, this last picture she took of me having a disagreement with an immature bald eagle that came to us after being electrocuted on a telephone pole. Neither one of us won the argument but I walked away.