The hard working avian ambassadors of the American Bald Eagle Foundation are in need of new housing. With the help of the Foraker Group, Earthscape Alaska, and architect Steve Fishback, we’ve designed living spaces for the ambassadors that would be more open, enriching, and interactive. These spaces would allow guests a closer look at the birds, and include private spaces for the birds to inhabit in their down time. The open nature of the design would allow them to enjoy or avoid the elements, and better immerse them in the enriching views offered by the landscaping.
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In addition to improving living quarters for our feathered co-workers, the redesign would include more interactive outdoor space to accommodate more visitors than ever before. An outdoor learning plaza and flight arena would better empower audiences to make a personal connection with wildlife through up-close encounters. By fostering these connections, the Foundation hopes to encourage conservation mindedness and to further our mission across ever wider demographics.
This redesign also seeks to address limitations faced by staff in the winter time. Haines has an average annual snowfall of 262 inches, with one record-breaking day bringing more than 27 inches! With snow comes freezing temperatures which make it difficult to bring in hoses and clean cramped aviaries. The new more sprawling nature of the redesigned aviaries, coupled with the installation of new hoses in closer proximity, would make winter cleaning far less challenging.
We need your help to make this dream take flight! If you would like to help us continue giving quality care to our ambassadors and bringing superior conservation education to audiences from around the globe, please support us here. All contributions are greatly appreciated by staff, human and avian alike!
Do you have questions about our redesign? Please don’t hesitate to contact us: leia(at)baldeagles(dot)org or sidney(at)baldeagles(dot)org