Beauty and the Beak
Beauty and the Beak is a new, nonfiction children's book and free downloadable STEM educational guide written by BOPNW director and raptor biologist Janie Veltkamp and award-winning children’s author Deborah Lee Rose. Beauty and the Beak is a Junior Library Guild title, a Eureka! Gold Award Winner of the California Reading Association, a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Kids Book, and a CALIFORNIA READS recommended title of the California Teachers Association, 2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for children's science picture books and a 2018 Cook Prize winner from Bank Street College for best STEM picture book..
Beauty the Bald Eagle was shot, rescued and received a pioneering, 3D-printed prosthetic beak. She has been featured on Nat Geo WILD around the world and in news stories worldwide. Beauty and the Beak follows Beauty close-up from the moment she uses her baby beak to emerge from her egg, through her hunt when she uses her powerful adult beak to feed herself, to the day her beak is shot off by a poacher leaving her helpless. This true, heart lifting story continues through her rescue, into months of engineering her prosthetic beak and intense hours of surgery, to the moment she takes the first drink of water by herself with her new beak.
Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle by Rose & Veltkamp
The Story Unfolds
The Bald Eagle Beauty's beak was shot off in Alaska leaving her unable to feed herself. Birds of Prey NW has fitted her with a prosthetic beak. She cannot be released into the wild but will serve as an educational bird showing that human compassion can undo human cruelty.
The Idaho STEM Action Center in partnership with Birds of Prey Northwest is providing the 3D print file (.stl) of Beauty's prosthetic beak, as a free download, to Idaho educational organizations. In addition, we have aligned the Educational Guide to Idaho Standards and provided some great extension activities to enhance the content.
Thank you to Sonia Galaviz for her expertise in customizing the guide for Idaho educators!
You can also visit: https://stem.idaho.gov/beautysbeak
to download the guide and beak file.
Download the 3D file!
Please complete the following information, and you will be able to download the file to 3D print for educational purposes. You must be with a publicly funded organization in order to download and use this form.
If you are not affiliated with an education program or are not publicly funded, We do have items for sale on the Education Page linked here.
Beauty is doing very well. Her upper beak has slowly regenerated some growth, which pushed the specially-fitted prosthetic beak 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.