Jacksonport, Wis. (February 3, 2021) – On Saturday Feb 13, from 11-3pm, Open Door Bird Sanctuary is having their third annual winter “open day” and this year, they are adding March 13 as well. The response the last couple of years has been great and this year, the February date coincides with all the fun “doings” for the Fire and Ice Festival in Sturgeon Bay. Stop in anytime between 11-3 and enjoy our trails for a snowshoe or cross-country ski (bring your own equipment) or hike if the snow doesn’t show up. The trails, just about 2 miles between all 3, are all fairly level and traverse various landscapes. It’s still wintry and beautiful even if there isn’t a lot of snow! And of course, you can meet some of our resident raptors too.
The sanctuary is excited to introduce their newest resident, Mesa, a Golden Eagle. Always working to expand and improve visitor experiences, a chance to share a raptor from another part of North America is one not to be missed.
Early last fall they were informed that there was an eagle in need of a forever home. A Golden Eagle. Here in the Midwest, folks don’t get a chance to see a Golden very often, so they immediately went to work converting their Eagle mews to a “duplex”, as was the original plan. The work went smoothly, and in early November the Golden Eagle arrived.
As a reference to his native western mountainous habitat, he was given the name Mesa. Although Mesa has no visual appearance of a disability, he is not flighted. From X-rays taken by a veterinarian in his home state of Utah, signs of arthritis in his left shoulder can be seen. It may be the result of an injury, or a natural occurrence. In otherwise good health, at 7 years old, Mesa should have a good long life ahead at ODBS.
Make sure you stop by Feb or March 13th for the first opportunities to meet Mesa the Golden Eagle. Plus, Executive Director Rob Hults says, “many of our visitors ask about using the property in winter, so we are really excited to give everyone this opportunity.”
They will have a bonfire going and warm beverages. Admission to the general public is reduced to $3.