Lead poisoning is even more detrimental to eagles and often occurs when hunters leave the entrails of an animal after a kill, microscopic pieces of the bullet remain and eagles digest the pieces. Lead poisoning can remain dormant within the eagle until the eagle’s immune system weakens.
“Over the past 8 years, we’ve released 11 back into the wild,” Trope said. “We hope to get three back into the wild this year.”
As Woody tried to take off in the room once again and knocked Clark on the back of the head, he said that the workers become friends with the eagles, but the eagles still let them know who is boss,
“Sometimes he’ll do it even harder,” Clark said, then laughed.
The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma developed an eagle rehabilitation program to protect injured eagles and increase community awareness of wildlife and Native American culture in January 2006 through funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the Iowa Tribe.
The tribe has a Religious-Use Permit that allows the tribe to house eagles that are non-releasable due to the nature or severity of the injuries. This permit also allows the tribe to gather naturally molted feathers and distribute them to tribal members for use in cultural ceremonies. Additionally, the tribe has permits to rehabilitate eagles for their eventual release, take them out to teach the general public about eagles and Native American culture, and to study eagles for future conservation efforts.
The Iowa Tribe is the first tribe in the country to be permitted through the USFWS as Eagle Rehabilitators. To date, the aviary has had over 8,000 visitors from around the world.
For more information, visit iowanation.org/page/
eagle-aviary or facebook
.com/greysnoweaglehouse, or call 334-7471.
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