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Beauty and Janie were the cover article of Idaho Magazine’s May issue, and were featured in a recent episode of Nat Geo WILD TV’s “Unlikely Animal Friends” filmed at Birds of Prey Northwest.
Beauty is featured on the EngineerGirl website of the National Academy of Engineering.
Beauty is featured in the June/July issue of Ranger Rick Magazine from the National Wildlife Federation, and as a NWF Green STEM Resource at http://www.nwf.org/eco-schools-usa/about-eco-schools-usa/stem/green-stem-resources.aspx.
Beauty STEM Activities
NEW! Beauty’s story, and special hands-on STEM activities for building and testing a simple model of her damaged beak and prosthetic, are featured in the free Engineering is Elementary curriculum from the Museum of Science, Boston.
USFWS photo by Glen Hush (public domain)
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Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, by BOPNW director and biologist Janie Veltkamp and award-winning children’s author Deborah Lee Rose, is a new, nonfiction children’s book that will be published in 2017. BEAUTY and the BEAK is a Junior Library Guild selection and has been named to the CALIFORNIA READS Teacher Recommended List by the California Teachers Association.
Janie Veltkamp will be speaking about BEAUTY AND THE BEAK at conferences in Idaho inclduing the Pacific Northwest Library Association, Idaho Science Teachers, and Idaho Library Association.
If you would like to contribute towards Beauty's ongoing care, or to any of our amazing rescues and ambassadors, the following link will take you directly to our secure PayPal donation page.
Beauty is doing very well. Her upper beak has slowly regenerated some growth, which pushed the specially-fitted beak prosthesis off. The GREAT news in this is that the beak growth now allows Beauty to feed herself. We cut strips of salmon (one of her favorites) and lay them out, and she is able to scoop them up to eat on her own. We are in a wait and see pattern before determining any kind of new prosthetic beak, which is dependent upon any continued regrowth.
Beauty continues to live in her own large aviary where she moves about, spreads her wings during short flights, perches on large tree limbs, and looks out over forested mountains and a lake. She remains a stunning, very special bald eagle, and a reminder that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
The Story of Beauty, the Bald Eagle
Beauty is an American Bald Eagle rescued by raptor biologist Janie (Fink) Veltkamp of Birds of Prey Northwest, near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Beauty was first recovered near Dutch Harbor, Alaska where she was found badly injured, unable to eat, and fighting for her life. Her top beak had been shot off by a poacher and she’d been left to die. The resulting damage from the bullet left Beauty with only a small portion of her left upper beak and nearly eliminated the right side.
Janie brought Beauty from Alaska to Birds of Prey NW in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She immediately began assembling resources and advice from experts in pertinent fields to give Beauty a chance at life. Many opinions suggested the bird could not be saved and should be euthanized, but Janie fiercely refused to accept that fate for Beauty.
Janie gathered and led the team that created Beauty’s prosthetic beak. The team included Janie, who is a raptor biologist and trained nurse, Nate Calvin, a mechanical engineer, veterinarians and dentists who collectively volunteered hundreds of hours. Because of all their collaborative efforts, Beauty has become an example not only of the cruelty but the compassion of humankind. The pioneering work on Beauty’s beak is now inspiring and informing efforts to create prostheses for injured members of other species.
Ever since the first media report on Beauty appeared the week of May 19, 2008, Birds of Prey NW has continued to receive countless messages of support for restoring Beauty’s beak. This outpouring of concern for Beauty’s plight has deeply touched everyone on the Beauty Team. Birds of Prey NW is so very grateful for the donations towards providing Beauty with a beak and the best quality of life, as the organization depends entirely upon volunteers, donations and grants—it receives no governmental funding.