July 15, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
The 1999 Fund-raiser Auction for Grounded Eagle Foundation, inc. is schedule for Saturday, August 7, 1999. The auction will be held on the lawn at Hungry Bear Steak House, mile marker 38 on Highway 83, Condon. A preview of auction items begins at noon. The auction will get underway about 2:00 p.m. and will last most of the afternoon.
This fund-raiser helps support one of the finest facilities in the country for the rehabilitation of injured wild birds. The Grounded Eagle Foundation has been caring for all species of injured birds since 1983, and thousands since have received a 'second chance.' The Foundation specializes in the care of injured eagles, sometimes admitting 30-40 annually, and other birds of prey. Injured eagles and ospreys are sent to the Foundation from surrounding states for rehabilitation in one of the largest flight rooms in the United States. Just this June the Foundation was selected to receive the bald eagles injured in the state of Alaska for pre-release conditioning. The Foundation's network of trained volunteer rehabilitators reaches from Idaho to Lewistown, from Dillon to East Glacier, covering some 100,000 square miles of western Montana. As many as 500 injured birds are admitted annually, and consistently over 70% are returned to the wild. The Grounded Eagle Foundation operates the only full time professionally staffed rehabilitation facility treating all species of injured wild birds in Montana, on an annual budget of $50,000. The Foundation neither solicits nor accepts tax monies, and is funded by individuals, corporations, private foundations and fund-raisers.
Most birds are injured due to human-related causes; most common are results of vehicle collisions, electrocutions, power line and fence collisions, orphans and babies, window-bangers. The Foundation believes it has the moral obligation to care for these casualties in a professional manner with the best care available. Several veterinarians and human medical professionals volunteer their expertise to ensure this high level of care.
In past years this fund-raiser auction has consisted mostly of wildlife art. This year's auction contains an eclectic mix of items: approximately 50 pieces of art, originals and prints; original art by Taylor Oughton, Earlene Worthington, Vicky Whitehead, James Utsler and Ron Ukrainetz; art prints by Craig, Martin-McGuire, Oughton, Cable, Steinhoff, Prescott, Holmes, Ukrainetz; African bird photos by Liz Claiborne; a Model 190 Winchester .22 with 3-6x scope, like new; old rawhide snowshoes; an 1862 hand-caned maple chair, restored; an 1890s oak swivel office chair, restored; 2 USMC sabers, circa 1930s-40s (the last of the cavalry); a 14k gold eagle tie tack; assorted camera gear; Bushnell binoculars 10x40; an 'art deco' solid oak table set, 2 leaves, 4 chairs; an 1870's embossed leather shot flask; a wooden salad bowl set by Swanwoods; a 14k gold eagle necklace and earrings; a bronze sculpture by Kitty Cantrell; knives; a McClellan saddle, brown, 11" seat; 5 hp x 24" snowblower, electric start; and a complete black and white dark room.
This is the major fund-raiser event of the year. Please make plans to attend and help us help the wild birds.
The Grounded Eagle Foundation, Inc. is a Montana chartered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1988. All contributions and donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.