The Grey Snow Eagle House in Perkins, Oklahoma
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.
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.
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.
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 iowanation.org 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.