Sunday, March 29, 2009

A new Eagle Scout

Lisa and Petra surprised Devin Johnson (center) at his Eagle Scout induction ceremony yesterday. Then Mt. Redoubt surprised them by spreading a little ash. It's my understanding that Devin is a third generation Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scouts do a lot for Bird TLC. They have built 75% of our outdoor mews. They help with clean ups and all types of projects around TLC.

Congratulations Devin!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

If you missed "For the Birds"

A heck of a time was had by all and a lot of money was raised "For the Birds". There were a heck of a lot of good deals made also. There were over 125 silent and live auction items ranging from auto repair to trips to art and jewelry. There were fishing trips and train trips or you could fly any where's that ERA Aviation flies. There was something for everyone.

We also had our education birds doing presentations before the show started. Cindy brought Phoenix the osprey out for his first presentation and he looked like a pro. We had raptors and songbirds showing off who they were and what the auction was about.

Thank you to all of the donors, supporters and thank you to all of the generous people who took something special home. We know times are tough now and every penny has to count.

Also, thanks to all of the volunteers who put the event together and helped during the auction. As always, it can't be done without you!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Get ready, here it comes

The annual "For the Birds" live and silent auction to help raise funds for Bird TLC will be held at the Captain Cook Hotel in the Discovery Ball Room this Saturday. The entertainment will be provided by Mr. Whitekeys of the "Fly by Night" fame. He'll also be the auctioneer.

There are over 100 live and silent items available to bid on. A buffet dinner will be provided by the Captain Cook Hotel. There will be a no host bar.

Tickets are available at or at the Bird TLC office. I hope to see you there.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another new presenter

Erin Turner signed off on Gandolph the Great Gray Owl on Saturday. Both of them seemed like the perfect fit for one another. Erin was very knowledgeable about GGO's and Gandolph was comfortable on her fist.

Erin is a Bird TLC clinic volunteer for a few years now. Gandolph has been in the education program for about 5 years now. You might have noticed her in the post on 3/7 being presented by Kristen at Terra Bella's.

Bird TLC prefers that every education bird have two presenters. We get a large amount of presentation request and the more people trained to do them, the easier it is on everyone. It also helps in the training of the bird. If a bird is use to a couple different handlers, it will easily adapt if one handler is no longer available for whatever reason.

Welcome aboard Erin and best of luck with Gandolph.
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Monday, March 09, 2009

BE 09-05, a Dutch boy

BE 09-05 came in from Dutch Harbor a week ago. We have been getting so many toxin eagles in the last year, we kind of guessed that he was one. He had the symptoms, stinky green mewts, no energy, won't eat and very easy to handle. If we get them in time, they start feeling better after about 3 days at TLC. This guy wasn't getting any better.

Cindy decided to do a full work up this weekend. Test results, avian trichomonas. Trichomonas gallinae, the parasite causes avian trichomoniasis. When present, it is usually found in the upper digestive tract of many species of doves and gallinaceous birds. Some strains may also produce liver and lung lesions. The parasite is transferred to young from the mother during feeding. Transmission between birds may also occur from contaminated feed and water. Infection by this trichomonad can be fatal. The presence of this organism in doves is a common source of infection of falcons and hawks feeding on them. We don't know how this guy got this.

Treatment has started and until he decides to eat on his own, he gets a little help. DeAnn's been a volunteer a long time and was there to buy food for Bird TLC's Education Raven she caretakes. She got drafted to help out and that's not unusual. As you can see, it takes three people to tube feed an eagle safely.

We'll keep you updated on how he's doing.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals

Terra Bella Bakery - Cafe
Bird TLC

Michael Engelhard

Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals

Saturday, March 7, 2009 4 - 6pm

Terra Bella Bakery Cafe will be hosting Bird TLC and Mchael Engelhard as they promote the anthology Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals from the North. The book features a story by JoAnn Mapson about Bird TLC's own Gandalf, the Great Gray Owl

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

GHO Update

The great horned owl I picked up at Pet ER went under the knife last Thursday to have an external fixitor attached to it's wing to help it heal properly. Dr. Palmatier had plenty of spectators as he performed the operation that he now has performed many times. He makes it look so easy, I almost feel I could do them myself. For the birds, I do think I'll let Dr. Todd do them.

I checked in on him yesterday and he was back to being the big bad GHO. He hissed and clacked and puffed his feathers out. I think he's feeling better.

We find out next week if it healed liked we wanted it to. I'll keep you updated.