Badger Run Tours Begin Again June 12, 2020

Badger Run will reopen for tours by appointment only as of June 12, 2020! The last few months have greatly impacted everyone’s lives & we are slowly figuring out the “new normal”. As our community has started opening up, so too will Badger Run. HOWEVER, we want to keep EVERYONE safe, staff, volunteers, & visitors. Our guidelines are listed below. We are asking for your help in complying with these guidelines during tours.

Tours are by appointment only & will be limited to single family units. Please call 541.891.2052 to schedule.

Masks are required for visitors over the age of 2 years

No restrooms on site

Observe physical distancing

Use hand sanitizer

Tours will be restricted to outdoor areas only

We appreciate your help in adhering to local & state guidelines. Preventing a resurgence of Covid-19 will get us all back to a more normal lifestyle that much sooner! Thanks!

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Golden Eagle Released!

Our first intake of 2020 went home May 19th. This Golden Eagle came in the first week of January with a wing fracture after being hit by a car. She also had lead poisoning. The wing fracture required surgery (about $300) & healed beautifully, but it took FOUR rounds of chelation therapy (about $400 in reagents) to get her lead levels to undetectable. She then went through over a month of treatment for a fungal infection, Aspergellosis, common in Golden Eagles that affects their lung function. Although we have a 120 foot flight pen, in April we transferred her temporarily to Cascade Raptors in Eugene for more R&R to give her even more room to fly & build her muscles. Thank you to BRWR volunteers, Myranda & Josh, who took her to Eugene initially then brought her back yesterday for release to home territory. It took over 5 months, but she is back in the wild where she belongs.

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Great Horned Owl Caught in Barbed Wire

Sunday we got a call from Good Samaritans, Leigh & John, about a Great Horned Owl ensnared in a barbed wire fence on their property. Our Badger Run volunteers headed out with wire cutters to offer assistance. The poor owl was very, very lucky in this encounter. The wound left after freeing her from the fence was very superficial. The picture looks far worse than it was. We were able to add a couple of resorbable sutures where needed & apply resorbable bandage material to cover the wound while it heals. We decided her best option was to return her to her mate & let her heal in the wild. Our volunteer put her right back in home territory on a wooden fence where she sat for a minute getting her bearings. After that she flew off like a champ across a field into a tall tree. Her mate had been circling the area looking for her while she was being treated at Badger Run. Leigh & John were surveying the barbed wire fence in preparation for removing it when we got back out there to release her. One of the feistiest Great Horned Owls we’ve ever handled. The cat muzzle she is sporting helped calm her & also saved us from a nasty bite. Her mood was likely due to being a mature female during mating season.

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