The Juneau Raptor Center (JRC) is a volunteer, non-profit organization serving Southeast Alaska since 1987. JRC provides medical care to over 150 sick and injured raptors and other birds each year. JRC also delivers educational programs, featuring non-releasable birds, to local and regional groups, teaching audiences of all ages the basics of conservation.
Volunteer Irene Morris recently attended “Curiosity Unleashed” put on by the Juneau STEM Coalition. She presented “Phil” our education Gyrfalcon along with information on raptors and what we do here at the Juneau Raptor Center. Approximately 50 children were in attendance.
A group of local IDEA correspondent students did research on bird window strikes for their Lego League challenge and FLL competition that was held Saturday at centennial Hall . They were also invited to go State with their project!
According to Alexia Kiefer, who was one of their mentors, they used a window lined with a highlighter (that was hard for humans to see ) and a UV flashlight to show what birds can see ( since birds see all colors including black & white plus the Ultraviolet color spectrum) . She further explained how they created a window film that prevented bird strikes with an imprinted florescent grid already in it. Their prototype was made with highlighter and clear window film, but the actual product would be imprinted. This can be easily applied to existing windows while allowing them to still be cleaned!
They also came up with a fun bird skit demonstrating how birds would stop hitting windows using their invention.
The team also supported the work of the Juneau Raptor Center by purchasing T-shirt’s with our logo to wear to the competition. We wish them the best of luck with this worthy project!
Juneau Raptor Center at Public Market
Please Join the Juneau Raptor Center at Public Market, November 29 through December 1, 2019 at Centennial Hall in the Miller room. We will have education birds present and merchandise for sale. All proceeds go to help care for injured wild birds. The American Bald Eagle Foundation will also be joining us, with Hans, the Eurasian Eagle Owl!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Alaska-Juneau Public Market
Auke Bay Eagle tangled in fishing line
On 9/19/2019, a concerned citizen named Charlotte, paged us about an adult bald eagle unable to fly due to entanglement in fishing line.
JRC responded and captured the bird. He had fishing line on one wing and one talon was firmly entangled. One line was cut on the wing and the talon line removed. Bird was taken to our clinic.
Exam revealed a bit more line, which was removed. Bird was given subcutaneous fluids, antibiotic shot and ointment where the line had dug into the bird’s flesh.
He was given fresh salmon to eat. As soon as the weather allows he will be released.
Many thanks to Charlotte for helping this eagle! JRC’s pager is 907-790-5424.
Update: Successful release of Auke Bay Eagle on Saturday, September 21, 2019
9/21/19- Successful release of the bald eagle we got in on Thursday, tangled in fishing line. The bird flew strong and landed in a tree just below another eagle. Thanks go to Pat Bock for capturing and Janet for helping cut the line and administering meds. Also thank you to Charlotte Rider for paging us about this bird. This is the happy ending that makes it all worthwhile!If you find an injured bird, please call our emergency pager- 790-5424
Posted by Juneau Raptor Center on Saturday, September 21, 2019
A Big Thank you to Taku Fisheries
Taku Fisheries continues to support us and the birds we care for with their generous donation of Pink Salmon. This past season was no exception. Their contribution allows us to continue to care and feed the raptors throughout the year.
Dale Cotton, President
Juneau Raptor Center
Adorable, fuzzy baby bald eagle found in Juneau backyard
Nestling likely plucked from nest from adult eagle looking for easy meal • Nonprofit Juneau Raptor Center sends bird to Sitka for further care
Juneau Empire by Ben Hohenstatt – Friday, June 14, 2019
The Juneau Raptor Center (JRC) is again very grateful to the Mount Roberts Tramway and everyone that supported us by riding the tram on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Your continuing support is greatly appreciated!
Eagle roost getting a boost
Replacement educational display heading toward completion on Mount Roberts
Juneau Empire by Ben Hohenstatt – April 2, 2019 9:25am
By the time tourist season is in full swing, Lady Baltimore will have a sweet summer home to show off.
The non-releasable American bald eagle, who is blind in one eye and has an injured wing, spends spring and summer months in an educational display at the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway on Mount Roberts that is maintained by Juneau Raptor Center. By late April she’ll have a new $170,000 display as her seasonal home.
The New Mew Enclosure Building Photos …
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Please consider donating a portion of your PFD to the Juneau Raptor Center and help us in our mission to provide the best possible rehabilitation care to the many birds throughout Southeast Alaska and provide education to the public.
Although applications were due March 31, 2019, Alaskans may choose to add or adjust their pledges online through August 31, 2019. Big or small, your contribution helps us care for 100+ injured and/or sick birds each year and allows us to provide education to our youth.
Bebop – Saying Goodbye
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our education Steller’s Jay. Bebop came to us from Cordova in 2010. He was injured when he collided with a car and sustained damage to his eyes from the grit on the road surface. He was left blind and his beak was permanently mis-aligned.
Bebop was an amazing ambassador for his species, attending education programs in classrooms and other venues throughout Juneau. He was always alert and interested in his surroundings. He loved to sing and play on his bird gym, excitedly jumping up and down when he knew he would get to leave his enclosure. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
Eagle rescued from Statter Harbor
We got a call from the USCG on January 29th. They scooped this Adult Bald Eagle out of the water at Statter Harbor in Auke Bay after finding him floating face down. They wrapped him up and kept him warm until we arrived. After examining him at the clinic and finding no injuries, we placed him in a kennel with warm air to dry out his feathers. This eagle is no stranger to JRC. He is banded and after doing a little research, we discovered that he was a patient from 2014 who was rescued and released the same day after getting tangled in fishing line. He was sent to Sitka for further treatment. Many thanks to Cody and crew from the USCG vessel “Liberty” for saving this beautiful bird.
Update: The eagle has been moved to the flight conditioning enclosure and continues to improve.
Happy Holidays to all!
Thanks for your support in 2018.
Make a year-end donation now for a great start to 2019!
October 8, 2018
Getting the party started!! Here are some recent photos of the mew site on Mount Roberts. The old structure is completely gone and site prep is underway. Materials were dropped in by helicopter last week! We’re on our way!
September 18, 2018
Here we go! The deconstruction of the old eagle mew on Mount Roberts has begun. The great folks at Silverbow Construction have been hard at work dismantling the old structure for removal. After that happens, they will be able to begin site prep for the new mew, scheduled to be ready next spring!We’re still in need of food donations for the GCI crew who will be removing the old material and hauling it away. If you can donate a pizza, sandwiches, bottled water or snacks on Saturday, 9/29, please leave us a message or call the office at 586-8393. Whoopee!
There’s No Place Like a New Home! For many years, the Juneau Raptor Center has hosted an education eagle display on Mount Roberts during the visitor season. Though there were several education birds before her, the current star of this attraction is Lady Baltimore, a non-releasable American Bald Eagle who is blind in one eye with a damaged wing. Being unable to fly and see properly, ‘Lady B’ would have been hard-pressed to survive in the wild. Since her injuries healed, she has been cared for like the princess she is by JRC board members and volunteers.
Her summer housing is old and in need of replacement. The access and visibility are poor. And, it would be ideal to give her a bit more room to stretch out. Juneau visitors want the opportunity to see a live American Bald Eagle up close. It’s an educational experience not available in many other places. The solution is simple: build Lady B a new home!
For some time, the Juneau Raptor Center has been on a mission to build a new eagle mew on Mount Roberts. Now, thanks to financial support from Goldbelt, and the architectural expertise of Jensen Yorba Lott, that is becoming as reality. Starting September 16th, the existing mew will be dismantled. By the end of September, the goal is to haul away all the old material so new housing construction can begin.
In 2019, you can visit Lady B in her new digs which will be expertly built by Silverbow Construction! It will be a beautiful, brand-new enclosure with greater visibility, better ADA access, and more room for Lady Baltimore to move around. We are very excited to get this project underway and are looking forward to next season and a new home for our favorite eagle!
2018 Thank you to Taku Fisheries from Juneau Raptor Center
Thanks again to the continuing generosity of Taku Fisheries, the Juneau Raptor Center’s permanent and rehabilitating eagles will be eating freshly caught, processed and stored pink salmon for the coming year.
Many thanks to Eric Norman and his crew for all their help in providing these fish for our birds. Your help all these years is greatly appreciated and makes it possible to feed the eagles their preferred food.
We are very grateful to all of you!
Dale Cotton, President
Juneau Raptor Center
Adopting a JRC Education Bird allows you to directly contribute money used to feed, house and provide medical support for that bird. Education birds are a vital part of the JRC’s mission and your support allows us to reach more people.
Our newsletter is now available electronically to JRC members
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