The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s Grey Snow Eagle House first opened in January 2006 through funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. The Grey Snow Eagle House operates under several U.S. Fish and Wildlife permits which allow it to successfully conduct four distinct programs: Rehabilitation, Providing homes to non-releasable eagles, Education, and Research. They Grey Snow Eagle House is the only facility in the country that possesses this combination of permits thereby allowing us to complete our mission. The Rehabilitation program allows us to bring in injured eagles from Oklahoma and work with our vet, Dr. Paul Welch, to release them back into the wild. The Religious Use permit allows us to provide homes to eagles from around the country that are non-releasable because of their injuries, but still have quality of life, so that they can live out their life in peace. It also allows for naturally molted feathers to be distributed out to Iowa Tribal members. The Education permit allows us to take trained raptors around the state to teach the public about the conservation of eagles, raptors, and American beliefs. Finally, the Research permit allows us to have a partnership with Oklahoma State University for the conservation of eagles. This research includes detailed population genetics and genomics research done on eagles from throughout their North American range so that new information can be discovered and used to aid in management decisions.
Currently, we have had over 12,000 visitors from all over the US and the world visit our facility, while our offsite presentations have provided education for at least another 10,000. As of April 2016, the eagle aviary has successfully released 20 eagles back into the wild. These had various eagle injuries that were caused by gun shots, broken bones, or soft tissue injuries. Our eagle aviary currently consists of 6 large cages built to accommodate the needs of eagles, an ICU room, quarantine cages, education cages, and feeder animal operations.
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