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The Grey Snow Eagle House in Perkins, Oklahoma

Updated on December 10, 2012
Grey Snow Eagle House
Grey Snow Eagle House | Source

The Center

On Sunday, September 9, 2012, I visited an eagle rehabilitation center not far from where I live. Luckily, I learned about it through a friend who even brought me there. Having done rehabilitation work through Tri-State Bird Rescue in Delaware, nothing could have made me happier. Working with wild birds had been one of the greatest joys in my life.

This facility is called Grey Snow Eagle House located in Perkins, OK, which opened its doors in 2006. It was developed through the Iowa Tribe, who have funded most of the costs for this wonderful, eye-opening program. Presently, 43 eagles are in house with 35 that are non-releasable. This figure includes 7 Golden Eagles and 28 Bald Eagles.

8 eagles have returned to the wild through the excellent care of the facility and the veterinarian that donates his time to provide medical care.


The Host

I met Megan Trope, who provided the tour, a graduate of Oklahoma State University’s undergraduate and graduate program in veterinary sciences. Megan learned early in her life, through a family member, how to care for birds. When it comes to working with these beautiful animals of the wild, it tends to be in one’s blood. By her enthusiasm, she is one of those rare people that drinks in the joy of working with these beautiful birds.

Dave the Bald Eagle
Dave the Bald Eagle | Source
Dave | Source

Meet Dave

The Grey Snow Eagle House, or Bah Kho-Je Xla Chi, has two quarantine cages, a main flight cage, two side mews, one mini flight cage, and a rehabilitation cage. This location receives eagles from many other states in the area, and is the largest facility in the Midwest.

One of the Bald Eagles that I met on this trip is named Dave, a gorgeous adult. This bird was the victim of a tragic wing break of the humerus, much too close to the joint to pin. Dave has a wonderful personality, one of the several educational birds housed at this facility. He is happy, with a scintillating side, and very easy to adore. There are many others here, just like Dave that you would like to meet.

Golden Eagles
Golden Eagles | Source

Future Expansion is Needed

Funds are needed for future expansion of the Grey Snow Eagle House. A freestanding Intensive Care Unit is necessary for this large group of birds. A paved road and parking lot are important in Oklahoma’s dry climate, and a new gate to keep the birds safe is a must. The eagles also need a permanent home for training as educational birds.

The second permit for this location is the Religious Use Permit. The Iowa Tribe is also allowed to gather naturally molted feathers and distribute them to tribal members for use in their religious ceremonies.


How to Reach Grey Snow Eagle House

Since the doors to this facility opened, over 5,000 visitors have come from all over the United States and the world. The work here is of such great magnitude that its continuation is paramount to donations and more hard work on the part of the employees and volunteer staff. To make a much needed donation, please contact Grey Snow Eagle House of Route 1 Box 721, Perkins, OK 74059, telephone 405-880-0734. Tours can be arranged by contacting 405-334-7471. Please view the website at for further information. The facility can also raise funds based off the number of times that you use Good Search.

Dave and I would love to hear that you are coming to visit and he will make your visit worthwhile.

Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle | Source
A donation from a bank to the center.
A donation from a bank to the center. | Source


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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, kashmir. It sure is a worthy cause, and I think that many people would enjoy visiting places like this to learn.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for all these beautiful photos within this well written hub, these birds are so awesome and beautiful ! Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A juvenile bald is 5 before his head turns white. The balds have yellow eyes and the goldens have brown eyes. Thanks for the votes, I do appreciate them, and you as well.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great, Hyphen. All of these places are so important to the creatures that live there for a short time or for the rest of their lives.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As far as I know, Highland Terrier, one cannot make donations on the website, but I will surely suggest it. Glad that you liked it and what it stands for.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad that you liked it, Mhatter. I was impressed with it and truly believe in it.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing this story. Are the grey birds with the blue beaks juvenile eagles? When does the head color change? I have Voted this up across the board and shared it. I also wrote down the donation details.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh they are beautiful and so glorious. I am thankful there are places like this. We have a raptor center near us and they take in injured birds. Some eventually are released to the wild but some stay the rest of their lives. I know you enjoyed your visit to the Grey Snow Eagle House. I really enjoyed the virtual visit you provided for us.

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      Highland Terrier 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      This is amazing, how absolutely wonderful are these birds. Really beautiful.

      I assume they have a website were you can make donations, really it is very good work.

      Thank you very much, your hubs are so full good enjoyable and feel good stories about the birds and the good that man is doing, I always feel much better having read them.

      Thanks again.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I hope so, too, gamby. I'd love to work with birds again.

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      gamby79 5 years ago

      Another great story! Love the pic of 'Dave' beak wide open! Hope you are able to spend more time there in the future!