The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s Grey Snow Eagle House 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 allows it to successfully conduct four distinct programs: Rehabilitation, Native American Religious Use, Education, and Research. They Grey Snow Eagle House is the only facility in the country that possesses this combination of permits which allows us to complete our mission.
Each of our programs ensures that we are actively involved in eagle conservation. The Rehabilitation program allows us to bring in injured bald and golden eagles from Oklahoma and work with our vet, Dr. Paul Welch, to release them back into the wild. The Religious Use program gives us the ability to provide homes to bald and golden eagles from around the country that are non-releasable. These birds have injuries that do not allow for release back into the wild, but still have quality of life. Our program gives them a place where they can live out their life in peace. It also allows for naturally molted feathers to be distributed out to Iowa Tribal members. In our Education program, we take our ambassador birds around the state to teach the public about the conservation of eagles, raptors, and Native American beliefs as well as offer onsite tours of our facility. Finally, in our Research program, we have an active partnership with Oklahoma State University to develop genetically based conservation tools for bald and golden 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 20,000 visitors from all over the United States and the world visit our facility, while our offsite presentations have provided education for at least another 10,000. As of April 2018, the eagle aviary has successfully released 26 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.
To keep up with current events, add us on Facebook.