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Trinity & Eris Wild Eagle Recovery Fund

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Eagle SkyeNet is a non-profit organization in Point Roberts, WA  founded by Jeff Butts.  Point Roberts is a 5 square mile exclave of Washington State and is only accessible by land through Canada and two borders. It has one of the most significant eagle habitats in the world. Unfortunately the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the nearest raptor center in Washington state are too far to rescue these birds in a timely manor.  Jeff realized there was an urgent need to establish an organization here committed to the preservation, rescue, and care of these eagles.  After volunteering and training to capture injured raptors with OWL Rehabilitation Society in Tsawwassen, B.C., Jeff established Eagle SkyeNet.  Eagle SkyeNet is a group of eagle experts and educators, biologists, naturalists, and concerned supporters committed to this cause.  Eagle SkyeNet, in partnership with OWL, has been working hard to overcome legal, border, and logistical issues to ensure that these beautiful birds are protected, rescued, and cared for.  


Since the new year of 2021, OWL has already taken in 77 injured birds.  In 2020 alone over 850 raptors from the Fraser Valley, including Point Roberts were brought to OWL. Our most recent rescues from Point Roberts are Eris and Trinity. OWL has been caring for Point Roberts eagles for years and now we are starting this drive to help with the costs as there will be more eagles in the future.  

Eris was rescued on January 27,  2021 and taken to the Canadian border and is now in the care of OWL.  Eris was initially diagnosed with minor injuries but has since been diagnosed with lead poisoning and a broken wing.  Lead can be quite fatal to eagles.  The road to recovery is long as it can take up to 6 months of expensive medicine (chelation therapy) to remove the lead from her body.  We are looking to raise funds for her food ($50/month), chelation therapy treatment ($400/month), and care ($125/month).  Eris was on chelation therapy for almost two months and fortunately is now lead free, however, she will need ongoing rehabilitation for her broken wing for the next 5-6 months. Choosing to use non-lead ammunition and fishing tackle can prevent eagles from ingesting the scraps and carcasses left over of wild game. 

Trinity was another eagle injured in Lily Point in Point Roberts in December 15, 2020.  She is still on her road to recovery and fighting an infection from a gash that was so large it could not be stitched up.  Trinity is still fighting her infection with the help of antibiotics and has a good chance of a full recovery.  We are also looking to raise funds for her food ($50/month), antibiotic treatment ($50/month), and care ($125/month).

Eagle SkyeNet is dedicated to the well being of and preservation of native wildlife and would love to continue this mission by promoting community awareness, education, rescue, and care.   Eagle SkyeNet in partnership with OWL provides the necessary medical attention, rehabilitation, and care to injured and orphaned wildlife with the intent to return them back to the wild. Both Eagle SkyeNet and OWL want to thank you in advance for your contributions.

“If I had any summary statement to make about Lily Point and its implication to bald eagles it would simply be that : Lily Point is probably the single most important square mile of bald eagle habitat in the entire south-west of British Columbia and north-west Washington State — both as a breeding site but much more importantly as a loafing and roosting site throughout the year” — David Hancock, Hancock Wildlife Foundation

Please see our website for more information at EagleSkyeNet.com

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Kimberly Butts
Organizer
Point Roberts, WA

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