The Juneau Raptor Center received an injured adult male bald eagle rescued from Skagway on March 31, 2020. (Courtesy art | Juneau Raptor Center)

The Juneau Raptor Center received an injured adult male bald eagle rescued from Skagway on March 31, 2020. (Courtesy art | Juneau Raptor Center)

Raptor Center still in business with new distancing rules

Please do not pick up the injured wildlife.

The Juneau Raptor Center is still in the bird-saving business, with one change: No one else can touch the birds.

“Normally what happens is people call my emergency pager and say ‘A bird hit my window, and I picked it up and put it in a box,’” said JRC manager Kathy Benner in a phone interview. “They should page us and not pick it up, and we’ll come and get it.”

To limit interpersonal contact, JRC’s new protocol forbids them from taking birds that have been picked up or taken inside, Benner said.

“If they pick it up and bring it inside the house we cannot take it,” Benner said. “We have to protect ourselves and we have to protect the public.”

The JRC made that decision internally to help prevent spread of the coronavirus amidst a flurry of best practices cutting across all aspects of life.

“We are still rescuing birds,” Benner said. “We just got an eagle in from Skagway.”

The eagle, an adult male bald eagle, was blown into an obstacle by high winds and injured his wing and leg. It was medevaced to Juneau, from which it’ll be taken to the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, Benner said. The ARC is putting its own measures in place.

“They’re not open to the public,” Benner said. “We’re all still trying to take care of birds because birds are still getting hurt.”

Benner said that the JRC will continue to operate as long as it can, despite a savagely amputated tourist season.

“We’re hurting. Without the cruise ships coming this summer, that’s a big chunk of our funding. This is hurting everyone financially,” Benner said. “It’s gonna be a rough time for a lot of nonprofits, but it’s still a service that’s needed and we’re still gonna do it.”

If you see a bird in distress:

Do not pick it up. Do not touch it. If you do, JRC cannot help. Call the JRC’s emergency pager at 790-5424. They will come assist the bird.

If you pick up the bird anyway: Call the number, and JRC will help you over the phone.

More in News

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML
COVID at a Glance for Tuesday, Nov. 30

Numbers come from reports from the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency… Continue reading

This photo shows a raven in the snow. (Courtesy Photo / Kerry Howard)
On the Trails: Transition to winter — maybe

A mat of old leaves lined the roadway, each leaf fringed with crystals, making a pretty mosaic…

It's a police car until you look closely and see the details don't quite match. (Juneau Empire File / Michael Penn)
Police calls for Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Thin ice sheets form near the Mendenhall Glacier in early November. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)
Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos of Southeast Alaska.

It's a police car until you look closely and see the details don't quite match. (Juneau Empire File / Michael Penn)
Police calls for Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

A cuddle-puddle of kittens nestles at Juneau Animal Rescue, which recently received a large legacy gift from a Juneau resident. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Juneau resident leaves one last gift for local nonprofits

The gift will help support organizations who made possible what she loved doing in life.

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML
COVID at a Glance for Monday, Nov. 29

Numbers come from reports from the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency… Continue reading

It's a police car until you look closely and see the details don't quite match. (Juneau Empire File / Michael Penn)
Police calls for Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Most Read