Monday, January 14, 2013

Save the Eagles 2013

January 10 is Save the Eagles Day. Every year it's celebrated for the return of a healthy population of eagles and a reminder that our national symbol could only be a memory. Bird TLC celebrated on January 12th so that people could visit our education eagles on a weekend. With terrible and unusual wet and warm weather, we still had an awesome turn out of 130 people to our small clinic.

Mary Bethe presents Denali the Golden Eagle. Golden Eagles can be found in interior Alaska and many other parts of the world.

Terri is presenting Hal, our first education Bald Eagle. Hal is a Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster survivor.

Lisa is presenting Petra, our largest Bald Eagle. She weighs in at 13 pounds right now, but will get up to over 15 pounds during nesting season.

Heather, our executive director, spent time presenting Hal also. Hal will turn 24 this year.

Bird TLC got over 45 eagles in it's clinic last year. Our five education eagles are great ambassadors of their species and our organization. People can get up close and learn more about these great birds.

To see when we are having more events, click here.
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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Bug Out for Shell Oil platform grounding

We got the notice this morning, that the Shell Oil platform, Kulluk had run aground on Sitkalidak Island near Kodiak, Alaska. As of this time there are no spills spotted, but preparation needs to be made. Check this link for platform story.

Our shared lease agreement with International Bird Rescue (IBR) is that if a major spill happens in Alaska, Bird TLC need to evacuate all or part of the building within 48 hours during their rescue efforts. This is the first time it has been tested to such a large scale since the agreement was made.

All of our large indoor raptor mews, small indoor raptor and corvid mews, and the small bird care room needed to be removed.

The word went out to Bird TLC volunteers and they came in get the job done. By quitting time tonight, I'd say 75% of the job was done with plans to finish in the morning.

Once IBR has completed their task, everything will be put back in place.

IBR will be updating their blog with the situation on Sitkalidak regularly. Click here for updates.
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