Saturday, November 23, 2013

Get Lured In - Southeastern Raptor Center - Auburn University -Welcome!

On November 21, 2013, we at were fortunate to be introduced to our newest Founding Members, Auburn University, Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Joining us was Marianne Hudson, Assistant Director for Raptor Training and Education. She was interviewed by Metzy on the TalkShoe radio program. (if you'd like to hear it just click on Talkshow and click "listen" for the Nov. 21st show)

I, myself, was absolutely fascinated with the program. I have always loved eagles and think that they are one of the most majestic birds in the world. But to have someone come in and tell us about a program for raptors (eagles included) and an auction to benefit that program, we were enthralled!

You can be among the few fans to own a rare collectible used in one of Auburn’s favorite game day traditions – the pre-game flight of the Auburn eagle. This set includes the lure and jesses to be worn by the Auburn eagle when Auburn meets Alabama 11/30/13. And the auction is on

You can also visit the Southeastern Raptor Center website for complete details.

"Proceeds from the auction will benefit Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine's Southeastern Raptor Center, a non-profit organization with a three-fold mission of wildlife rehabilitation, education and conservation.

Since its modest beginning in the mid-1970s, the Southeastern Raptor Center has treated and released thousands of birds of prey. The center conducts more than 350 educational programs for thousands of school children and civic groups annually.

You can also support the center by participating in the Adopt-a-Raptor program, which helps defray the costs of housing, food, and medical care for injured and orphaned birds of prey. Visit for details."

This auction will end 11:00 a.m. Central Standard Time on December 4, 2013. The donation is tax deductable, minus the cost of the raw materials.

I was so impressed with this program, never knowing that there were groups out there helping to keep the raptors alive, helping the injured and providing sanctuary for those that can't be released. I would encourage anyone with a love for the raptors to think seriously about donating! And even if you aren't interested in the auction itself, please consider donating to a very worthy cause! Just go to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine site and check out all the options! There are so many.

If  you'd like to see the eagle practice, just check out this video! Alabama fan visits Auburn Eagle Practice - Smarter Every Day 32.

"Uniquely crafted by volunteers, items are used one time – during the Auburn eagle’s pre-game stadium flight. Now is your chance to own a piece of this unique Auburn tradition! Jesses are cuffs worn around the eagle’s ankles with straps to assist the handler to securely hold the eagle. The lure is used by the handler to entice the eagle to land midfield and often has talon marks from being used."

This is a special auction - don't miss out!!