Beauty and Janie were featured in an episode of Nat Geo WILD TV’s “Unlikely Animal Friends” filmed at Birds of Prey Northwest and aired in 130 countries.
Beauty is featured on the EngineerGirl website of the National Academy of Engineering 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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You can purchase a life-size, 3D-printed model of Beauty's prosthetic beak, or find out about availability of the STL file to 3D print a life-size model, by using our contact form on the Birds of Prey Northwest Contact Page.
Connect the book with STEM, STEAM, E-STEM, language arts, social studies and more!
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Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, by BOPNW director and raptor biologist Janie Veltkamp and award-winning children’s author Deborah Lee Rose, is a new, nonfiction children’s book. 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.
School Library Journal says: "Outstanding full-page photographs accompany this uplifting account. Many resources for further study and additional information on the life cycle of eagles, their habitats, and their near extinction and recovery are appended. Highly valuable for elementary schoolers as a lesson in empathy; an inspiring addition to STEM collections."
Kirkus Reviews says: "Offer this heartwarming example of animal rehabilitation to fans of Winter’s Tail...Solid information about bald eagles in the wild is woven into the story...Resources include web connections and QR codes to be used with a Cornell Lab of Ornithology app."
Midwest Book Review Children's Book Watch says:
"Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, profusely illustrated, Beauty and the Beak is an outstanding choice for both school and community library Pets/Wildlife picture book collections."
Janie Veltkamp will be speaking about BEAUTY AND THE BEAK at conferences in Idaho including 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.
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.
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 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.
To donate to Birds of Prey Northwest:
For a rescue emergency
- eagle, hawk, falcon, or owl -
208- 245-1367 or 208-582-0797,
or Idaho Fish and Game at