Sunday, November 25, 2012

Birdie Thanksgiving 2012

A good time was had by all at Birdie Thanksgiving 2012 at the Eagle River Nature Center. Mother Nature always throws something at the event. The last two years we were dumped on by snow and this year we didn't have much snow, but the temperature was +2°f. Even though, the turnout is always good and fun was had by all who attended. People also brought raw turkey neck and fresh cranberries for the Bird TLC clinic to use for its rehab birds.

The cold temperatures didn't seem to bother the birds much.

Kids of all ages got to interact with Kodi the northwestern crow, and

Duchess the northern goshawk.

They also saw songbirds up close and made feeders with paper cups, peanut butter and seed.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

On 11/14/2005, Ghost, then known as 05-599, came to Bird TLC from Soldotna with a broken right wing. We suspect he was hit by a car outside of Soldotna. Unfortunately his wing didn't heal properly, so he became a Bird TLC education bird.

I applied for being his caretaker and was accepted. Built his mew in the backyard and 3 days later it started snowing. Cindy Palmatier was my mentor and I checked off on presenting Ghost within 6 months. Since then we have traveled all over Alaska together, got to meet people from all over the world and made some good friends.

I've been pretty lucky to have shared part of my life with this unique bird.

Blog post when he first came to TLC.
Ghost home when it was completed.
Ghost moved into his mew.

The above photo was taken by my friend Britt Coon in 2006. She's taken many a photo of Ghost.

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