Many heartfelt thanks to all of our contributors, for making a dream become a reality for the recuperating eagles and the volunteers that care for them!
$25,000 anonymous donor
Avista Utilities & Tony, Matt, Brett, Todd
Sid Clark and Dwayne
Falconer Scott Dinger
Lowes and their "Hero" Crew
St Maries Lumberjack grads: Ryan, Keaton, Christian, Kaleb, Ricki and Teri
Whiteman Lumber & Brad Corkill
Rehabilitated eagles can practice flying “free”—before returning to the wild—at Birds of Prey Northwest’s new eagle flight run!
HUNDREDS of VOLUNTEER hours from numerous people resulted in the completion of this structure.
Don Veltkamp, BOPNW Board Chairman, is pictured below with St. Maries Lumberjacks graduates
Christian, Keaton, Ricky, and Ryan
Not pictured: Caleb and Teri
(Near Coeur d’Alene, ID)—Bald and golden eagles recovering from injuries and sickness need powerful wings and strong cardiovascular systems to return to their life in the wild. Birds of Prey Northwest’s new eagle flight run—one of the largest in the U.S.—will give the biggest rehabilitated raptors full space to practice flying and get stronger before they’re released to soar back into the sky.
Even eagles just ten weeks old have a full, adult-sized wingspan which can be more than 6 feet wide. Birds of Prey Northwest’s specially designed eagle flight run is 25 feet wide, 120 feet long, and 30 feet high.
“Our new eagle flight run is the gateway to returning eagles to the rigors of the wild,” said raptor biologist Jane Veltkamp. Veltkamp is founder and executive director of Birds of Prey Northwest, an internationally renowned raptor education and rehabilitation center in northern Idaho. “This 3,000-square-foot enclosure gives recovered eagles the critical chance to rebuild their muscle strength and endurance for flying and hunting, increasing their chances of survival in the wild.”
Without such a large flight run, eagle rehabilitators must exercise recovering raptors while the birds are attached to a very long tether. This process is strenuous and stressful for both raptor and rehabilitator, according to Veltkamp, who conceived and designed the new flight run in collaboration with Idaho mechanical engineer Sid Clark, Avista Utilities and Whiteman Lumber. The structure has been nearly five years in the making since Birds of Prey Northwest received an anonymous $25,000 grant.
Veltkamp has seen a record number of eagles brought to Birds of Prey Northwest for rehabilitation this year. With bald eagle populations resurging, she expects many eagle patients will train in the flight run to fly wild again.
Located near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Birds of Prey Northwest is a nonprofit facility which educates the public about raptors, their protection, and their critical role in the ecosystem, and provides medical care to hundreds of injured and sick raptors each year to return them to the wild. Veltkamp also led the team that engineered and made the first 3D-printed prosthetic eagle beak, for Beauty the bald eagle who was shot in Alaska, rescued, and brought to BOPNW where she is under Veltkamp’s lifelong care.
Raptor work at the specialized center is by special permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Idaho Fish and Game. BOPNW receives no financial governmental support and is a recognized nonprofit organization. For more information, go to www.birdsofpreynorthwest.org.
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To donate to Birds of Prey Northwest:
For a rescue emergency
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208- 245-1367 or 208-582-0797,
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MEDIA CONTACT: Jane Veltkamp, Executive Director, www.birdsofpreynorthwest.org
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