|2/25/2014 1:23:00 PM|
Order of the Eagle
All of those guys in the photo have received The Order of the Eagle from Oregon State Parks for the outstanding conservation work they have done with golden and bald eagles.
|Robert Marheine, Frank Isaacs, Gary Landers, Jim Anderson and Doug Calvin at Eagle Watch last Saturday. photo by Sue Anderson|
Robert Marheine is a wildlife biologist with PGE, currently working on collecting data from radio-tagged eagles, and has been involved with PGE and eagles for over 20 years.
Frank Isaacs is the man who saved the bald eagle in Oregon. When he began researching bald eagles (near extinction) through the OSU Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit in Corvallis, there were about 100 active nests statewide. Today there are over 400, and the number's still growing.
Isaacs, at the behest of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is conducting a five-year study on the population, range and reproduction of the golden eagle in Oregon, under his Oregon Eagle Foundation, with the help of Gary Clowers, another Order of the Eagle recipient, myself and hundreds of volunteers.
Gary Landers is our local raptor rehabber and has, in company with Broken Top Veterinarian Clinic, spent thousands of hours saving injured, sick, and lead-poisoned eagles, and hundred of hawks and owls as well.
The showpiece of his work in Sisters is Marly, an adult male great horned owl who was banged up so badly he will never be able to fly well enough to make a living, but he's a wiz in the classrooms of every school - and home school - from La Pine to Camp Sherman.
It has been an honor for me to take part in Gary's awesome work in rehabbing and to have the wonderful pleasure of bringing Marly - whoooo has the officially designation as an "Educational Bird" - to be with the thousands of school students.
Doug Calvin is a wildlife biologist with the Warm Springs Federation and has been in eagle and raptor conservation work for over 30 years. (And he's also an outstanding herpetologist.)
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