ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 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.

    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 

      6 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 !

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 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.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 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.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 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.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • grandmapearl profile image

      Connie Smith 

      6 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.

    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 

      6 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.

    • Highland Terrier profile image

      Highland Terrier 

      6 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.

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

    • gamby79 profile image


      6 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!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)