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Mitch the Eagle arrives at the Bird Paradise Sanctuary


Afghan and Amerocan eagles together
Upon arrival, Peter put Mitch in with Helga a blind Bald Eagle that Peter has been hand feeding for over 20 years.
.20 year old blind eagle
Helga, a blind Eagle that has cataracts. Peter likes to let new arrivals choose their own friends

Mitch liked Eddie better and they are comfortable together.

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October 13, 2010

I second all the thank yous. Everyone who was on the phones on Thursday and Friday can attest to how well deserved they are. And particularly I want to thank Craig and Scott, for giving us an example of what it means to be a true human - taking care of those who need our help, even when that demands an effort beyond the call of duty, or the boundaries of normal rules. Everyone who heard this story was moved by it and, I think, taught by it as well.

When I saw Mitch on Friday he was lively, hopping about his kennel, peering at me as if demanding an explanation for all the ruckus. I'll be checking in on him throughout his quarantine period, and will transport him to Berkshire Bird Paradise on or around November more>>

October 12, 2010

We received a beautiful Bald Eagle from New York State. It has a fractured wing and can fly good but not good enough to survive in the wilds. We introduced the our new Eagle to a pair of older Bald Eagles and as soon as we put him in he got cozy with them. He strong and healthy. I will be putting up some photos shortly.

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October 12, 2010
A big thank You.

I just wanted to take a quick second and thank everyone for their
contribution to the extraordinary feat we all pulled off with Mitch.
Starting with Scott Hickman, who cared for Mitch for the first 3 or 4 months
we had him and was really the person behind saving Mitch in the first place.
Barbara Chepaitis, all of the coordination back in the states, between
Berkshire, the USDA, the US Senate, the Fish and Wildlife Service, Pilots
and Paws, and other things I probably don't know about was a near impossible
task, and none of this would have been possible without you. Senator Schumer
and Caroline Wekselbaum, thank you for helping get everyone on board with
this project. Everyone from the USDA, there were always about 15 of ya'll
cc'd on every email, but that just goes to show how much everyone from your
organization contributed to making it happen. From the Avian Flu testing to
To read more>>

 

 

October 9, 2010
The Eagle Has Landed!
Article courtesy of wildtreads.com

It took 107 days, and this final week was packed full of logistical nightmares. Mechanical failure in the plane bringing Eagle Mitch to the US from Afghanistan delayed that repeatedly, while we kept trying to arrange transport from Virginia, to Newburgh, NY, where he'll stay with USDA for a 30 day quarantine period. But we did it, and now I can actually use the phrase, 'the eagle has landed,' and mean it. Of course, there's one more leg to the journey because after his quarantine he'll go to his home at Berkshire Bird Paradise
He'll arrive there just about in time for Veteran's day, appropriately enough, and if you visit their website, your donation can help keep Mitch in 'ratsicles.'
To get Mitch into his new digs, I had the help of the amazing Pilots N Paws where regular men and women volunteer to be heroes for animals that need

read more on Mitch the eagle>>


Barbara with Mitch the Eagle

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September 23, 2010

Big Thanks to Senator Schumer and Constituent Liaison Caroline Wekselbaum!

MITCH THE EAGLE COMING TO NEW YORK AFTER BEING RESCUED BY NAVY SEALS IN AFGHANISTAN – SCHUMER CUT THROUGH RED TAPE TO ENSURE EAGLES PASSAGE BACK TO US

Navy Seals, Stationed in Afghanistan, Rescued And Cared for Mitch the Eagle after He was Harmed


Barbara Chepaitis, Author and Advocate, and Schumer Cut Through Red Tape to Secure Safe Passage to America for Mitch

Schumer Weighed in With Personal Letter and Helped Secure Exemption to Blanket Ban on Imported Birds

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Mitch, an eagle rescued and cared for by Navy Seals in Afghanistan, is on his way to a bird sanctuary in the Capital Region. After rescuing Mitch, a Steppe Eagle, the Navy Seals contacted Pete Dubacher, owner of Berkshire Bird Paradise in Petersburg NY, seeking his help. Barbara Chepaitis, author of Feathers of Hope, a book about the bird sanctuary, immediately went to Senator Schumer’s office in an effort to secure Mitch’s passage to the United States.
"We hit some serious obstacles while trying to help these young men rescue their eagle, but I knew Senator Schumer would support their efforts," Ms. Chepaitis said. "We absolutely could not have done this without him."
Schumer was able to cut through the red tape and expedite Fish and Wildlife paperwork along with the necessary health testing for Mitch with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), so the eagle can transition to a permanent home at Berkshire Bird Paradise. He will arrive in the United States the first week in October.

“This is a great story about our caring soldiers and generous New Yorkers, I was happy to help give this effort a last boost and get Mitch here,.” Schumer said. “Some regulations at the USDA almost held this up but at the end of the day we were able to cut through the red tape and give Mitch a home right here in our backyard.”

During a routine patrol, the Navy Seals saw Mitch being shot on a rifle range. The Seals were able to rescue the eagle and tend its wounds, ensuring its survival. The service members cared for this

  Read the rest of the story>>

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September 19, 2010

Update on the Wounded Afghan Eagle Coming to Our Sanctuary.

A Special Thank You
This goes out to Dr. Eileen Jenkins, an army veterinarian stationed in Afghanistan, who is caring for Mitch while he's in quarantine there. She emailed me recently to say that they "completed construction of a quarantine facility, and some perches for enrichment. I have procured a supply of rodents to sustain him through quarantine (we conducted live trapping, veterinary quarantine of the rodents, humanely euthanized the healthy ones (no drug residues), and then froze them). So far, all is going well!"
When Mitch arrived and was established in his new digs, she reported that he looked great, his bumblefoot healing, and he was eating voraciously. He loves them ratsicles! She also says she's getting very attached to him, and who can blame her? Such a handsome fellow.
Carrying out this kind of work, and coordinating all that needed to be coordinated for transport in a war zone took enormous effort on everyone's part.Dr. Jenkins and our other US troops involved deserve a big HURRAH!
Here's to staying human in difficult times.

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January 20, 2012

Well the winter is upon us and the birds are safe and warm from the cold.

We have set up 3 wind turbine generators and cranking out our own electricity. Between the wind turbines and the wood furnaces we are doing a lot better than when we were on oil. I will be putting some photos up about that shortly.

Our good friend Ward Stone has been ill and hospitalized. I'm waiting for an update about his condition. We wish him a quick recovery.

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This wind turbine is 6 feet across, it is just stuck on a pole it will be installed on a 30 foot pole.

It onlytakes 1 mph wind to start generating electricity, we are trying to be green as possible.

I will add some photos in May when everything is finished.

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September 5, 2011

Wind Is For the Birds
By Dan Gibson

Teaser: Most stories about birds and wind turbines don’t end in a good way. See how this isn’t the case for Peter Dubacher and his 800 birds.

Peter Dubacher founded the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary in Petersburgh, NY in 1972. Started, as what might have been described as a hobby, his labor of love has grown in 40 years to become one of the largest and best known bird sanctuaries in the United States. The Sanctuary is open daily May through October. There are many educational opportunities for individuals and groups, including school programs. Check out their website www.birdparadise.com

In 1989 an injured Bald Eagle, Victoria, came from the Exxon Valdez oil spill that killed 250 Eagles. More recently, US Navy Seals rescued a Steppe Eagle wounded by a gunshot in Afghanistan. After 137 days of fighting red tape, the eagle was delivered to Peter for long-term care. Peter takes the care of his birds seriously. Several eagles have lived at the sanctuary for over twenty years. Currently there are about 800 birds on site – eagles, hawks, tropical, pigeons and more; at times there have been more than 1200.

The winter of 2009 caused Peter to think more about energy and his birds’ need of it. Peter recalls, “We had an ice storm in March. Ten days without electricity. It was a nightmare. Ten degrees below zero.”

In the winter the birds are moved to heated quarters. Some birds, the tropical ones, are more sensitive to cold but all the birds need heat in the winter. It was a scary ten days that caused Peter to re-evaluate his energy situation. He started to make plans and take action. He told his electrician, Ed Bumbaco of E.I.B. Electric, “I Need to do something.”

Two years ago the sanctuary and his home situated on the site required over 5,000 gallons of heating oil. In the summer of 2010 Peter installed two outside wood boilers. Last winter they burned nearly 60 cords of local wood and only about 200 gallons of fuel oil.

Ed, a licensed electrician and certified wind installer, researched a number of renewable alternatives and came back with Honeywell’s new WT6500 Wind Turbine as a practical solution. As Peter said, “I need energy in the winter, not the summer.” On the top of the “hill” in Petersburg there is a lot more wind in the winter than sun, especially at night! Also, during the day, sun is used to passively heat the birds’ winter quarters, but at night a heating system is required.

This summer Peter and Ed are installing three WT6500s on the top of 25 foot poles. The conditions in Petersburg are windy most times of the year, but especially during the winter. Two of the turbines will be hooked up to heating elements in the boilers to lessen the need for wood. The other one will be hooked up to primarily supply electricity to the house and boiler circulator pumps. Ed has also wired in a diesel generator, so when there is no wind Peter will still be able to keep his birds warm.

Ice storms are one risk, but when Peter thinks about possible power failure, he considers other possibilities as well – grid failure, terrorist disruption, wind storms, etc. It doesn’t matter the cause, he feels the need to be prepared. Peter is considering the purchase of three more wind turbines, but will wait until he collects and analyzes the data from the first three. The goal has always been the same: “allow the birds to live out their natural lives with dignity.”
Peter Dubacher is the Director of the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary. He can be reached at (518) 279-3801.

Dan Gibson is the Reporter and Chief Coordinator of Our Energy Independence Community (www.OEIC.us). Previously he was a participating contractor in NYSERDA’s Home Performance program and a rater in the New York ENERGY STAR Home program. He is currently building a 100% Solar Home. He can be reached at DanG@OEIC.us

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Photos coming soon. These new small wind turbines are so effecient that they start generating electricity at one mph wind speed.

Deputy Majority Leader Senator Jeff Klein
Representing Bronx and Westchester Counties

KLEIN SECURES NEW HOME FOR ROOSTER RESCUED FROM COCKFIGHT

Bird to be Delivered to Recovery Sanctuary

senator jeff klein with  rescued rooster

BRONX, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Friday that he has secured a safe, long term home for an abused rooster recently rescued from a South Bronx cockfight. The owner of the Hollywood Haircuts barber shop on City Island has ... more>> fighting cock rescued>>

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Albany Times Union – 7-29-2010
Red Tape snarls Eagle’s rebound Troop unit keeps trying to get bird from Afghanistan to Grafton anctuary.
Grafton – An eagle shot by an Afghan soldier that is being nursed back to health by elite U.S. fighters has hit new bureaucratic snags as the soldiers labor to get the bird sent to a Rensselaer County bird sanctuary for ong-term rehabilitation.
..   more on Afghan Eagle>>

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WINGS OF AN ANGEL
Berkshires sanctuary gives birds new life.
Saturday July 17, 2010
NY Daily News

By Amy Sacks – Daily News Staff Worker
A tiny yellow ducking recently found wandering alone on the grounds of the New York Botanical Garden has since landed in paradise.
“I knew a fledgling would never survivor with all the predators in the Garden,” said the bird’s rescuer, a state licensed wildlife rehabber who asked not to be identified because  more>>


News update June 30, 2010
Afghan Eagle’s rehab grounded

Grafton – An eagle wounded in the wing by a bullet in Afghanistan is being nursed back to health by elite U.S fighters, despite limited supplies and the daily dangers they face in the war-torn country.

But because of an international treaty covering endangered species and U.S. wildlife regulations, their efforts to have the injured eagle sent to a bird sanctuary is Rensselaer County has hit a bureaucratic snag.
Continued >>

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News update! June 1, 2010

We now have three baby Bald Eagles, we just got another one from NY state that was blown out of it's nest in buffalo NY. We put it with our two Eaglets and it was adopted by the mother. The new eaglet is the same size as the other two, right now they are as big as a duck and growing rapidly.

We set up a camera and a TV so visitors can see them in the nest. I will be posting some photos soon.
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Flash! News update! May 20, 2010

We have 2 new baby Bald Eaglets
They hatched about a month ago and they are doing great.
The mother of the hatchlings name is Victoria, She is a survivor of the Exxon Valdez oil spill 20 years ago. The US postal service paid for her transportation to the Bird Paradise. The fathers name is Baldwin who was also injured and came to our sanctuary. I will be putting up some photos shortly. These Bald Eagles will be raised here and set free in the wilds of Upstate NY later this Summer.

The Bird Paradise will be open for the Memorial Day weekend.

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March 31, 2010: We have two Eagles sitting on eggs, we are hoping for the best.

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book about Peter and his bird sanctuary

A new book is being published by Suny Press this summer.

Feathers of Hope by Barbara Chepaitis

This book is now available for Pre order at SunyPress.org

Contact: SUNYPRESS.EDU, or chepaitis@aol.com



Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Berkshire-Bird-Paradise/111172292244592?ref=ts

link for the recent Channel 13 news story about Victoria and her baby eagles.

http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S1538691.shtml


These are the last pair of American Bald Eagle that we released You can see the band on there legs to identify them.

young American Bald Eagle   American baby Bald Eagle ready to be released
These photos by Saul Aronson
Peter Nye, head of the Endangered Species Unit of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and Peter Dubacher just banded the new baby eagles and they were released August 10th 2007
Peter Nye and Pete Dubacher
Photo by:Saul Aronson

October 13, 2010

I second all the thank yous. Everyone who was on the phones on Thursday and Friday can attest to how well deserved they are. And particularly I want to thank Craig and Scott, for giving us an example of what it means to be a true human - taking care of those who need our help, even when that demands an effort beyond the call of duty, or the boundaries of normal rules. Everyone who heard this story was moved by it and, I think, taught by it as well.

When I saw Mitch on Friday he was lively, hopping about his kennel, peering at me as if demanding an explanation for all the ruckus. I'll be checking in on him throughout his quarantine period, and will transport him to Berkshire Bird Paradise on or around November more>>

October 12, 2010

We received a beautiful Bald Eagle from New York State. It has a fractured wing and can fly good but not good enough to survive in the wilds. We introduced the our new Eagle to a pair of older Bald Eagles and as soon as we put him in he got cozy with them. He strong and healthy. I will be putting up some photos shortly.

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October 12, 2010
A big thank You.

I just wanted to take a quick second and thank everyone for their
contribution to the extraordinary feat we all pulled off with Mitch.
Starting with Scott Hickman, who cared for Mitch for the first 3 or 4 months
we had him and was really the person behind saving Mitch in the first place.
Barbara Chepaitis, all of the coordination back in the states, between
Berkshire, the USDA, the US Senate, the Fish and Wildlife Service, Pilots
and Paws, and other things I probably don't know about was a near impossible
task, and none of this would have been possible without you. Senator Schumer
and Caroline Wekselbaum, thank you for helping get everyone on board with
this project. Everyone from the USDA, there were always about 15 of ya'll
cc'd on every email, but that just goes to show how much everyone from your
organization contributed to making it happen. From the Avian Flu testing to
To read more>>
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News update! June 1, 2010

We now have three baby Bald Eagles, we just got another one from NY state that was blown out of it's nest in buffalo NY. We put it with our two Eaglets and it was adopted by the mother. The new eaglet is the same size as the other two, right now they are as big as a duck and growing rapidly.

We set up a camera and a TV so visitors can see them in the nest.
I will be posting some photos soon.

 

Flash! News update! May 20, 2010

We have 2 new baby Bald Eaglets
They hatched about a month ago and they are doing great.
The mother of the hatchlings name is Victoria, She is a survivor of the Exxon Valdez oil spill 20 years ago. The US postal service paid for her transportation to the Bird Paradise. The fathers name is Baldwin who was also injured and came to our sanctuary. I will be putting up some photos shortly. These Bald Eagles will be raised here and set free in the wilds of Upstate NY later this Summer.

The Bird Paradise will be open for the Memorial Day weekend.

We just put up a Paypal donation button - If you would like to help us

We are now oil free we are heating our bird and plant areas with wood we cut from our surrounding acreage

If anyone wants to get rid of an outside wood furnace that would make our lives a lot easier.

Friday May 11, 2007

Two baby Bald Eagles hatched by a pair of disabled parents at the Berkshire Bird Paradise in Grafton NY.
The sanctuary is having a great Mother's Day as three new chicks hatched over a period of 6 days from two disabled parents.

Peter Dubacher, the director and owner of the sanctuary
said "On Thursday I went to check on the babies and two were hatched and one egg just starting to crack. On Friday morning I went to check the nest again my heart sunk as the nest was empty. I frantically started to search the compound and I heard some little peeps from under the nesting platform, I found all three chicks in the hay and returned them to their nest. What a relief that was. I thank goodness it was a warm day. All three seem to be doing well"

Dubacher said "Everyone told me it's impossible to breed eagles in captivity, He says it’s rare for two disabled bald eagles parents to have healthy offspring. The Mother's name is Veronica, She was injured and coated with oil during the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. The US Postal Sevice paid for and flew her and 6 other American Bald Eagles to the sanctuary. The father is called The General, he was hit by an airplane in Moab, Utah.Dubacher is licensed through the state Department of Environmental and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to breed captive eagles. He has been raising birds for 30 years.

Dr. Ward Stone, who for 36 years has served as Wildlife Pathologist for the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and who was the first scientist to identify West Nile Virus. Dr.Ward Stone refers to the Berkshire Bird Paradise’s Peter Dubacher as “The Mother Teresa of birds”. and he does not recall anyone sucessfully breeding Bald Eagles in NY State before Dubacher.

For over 30 years he has taken in wounded and unwanted birds of all kinds. and they stay with him for life.” Zoos want only perfect specimens, he explains. Many of the birds Peter rescues have some disablities, some are missing all or a portion of a wing, some are blind, some missing a leg. These birds would never survive in the wild.

The sanctuary cares for over 2,000 birds and is home to 100 species. Emus, Sandhill cranes, parrots, Falcons, owls and macaws live there. as pet owners tire of these exotic birds or just can't keep them any longer.. Other species include swans crows, pigeons – ncluding the white pigeons released at weddings and funerals and then forgotten. A New York City policewoman once dropped off a small flock of chicks she had found in a garbage can, a discarded Easter gift.

The American Bald Eagle was placed on the endangered species list in the 1970s. Successful conservation methods such as the banning DDT and eagle hunting led to a classification change of “threatened.”

The Berkshire Bird Paradise is open to the public for visits from May 24 until autumn. An admission fee is requested of visitors. Directions and information about the sanctuary are available by telephone, at 1-518-279-3801, or at the sanctuary’s web site: www.birdparadise.org

 

newspaper artiticles about our new Bald Eagle chics that were hatched in early May 2005

The Berkshire Eagle, Baby eagles

Troy Record 2005 Eaglets

Bird Articles

This is about our Golden Eagle baby from 2001
She is flying around UpState New York and is hopefully Doing well.

Two disabled Golden Eagles hatch healthy chick to be released into the wilds of upstate New York.

baby golden eaglet chick

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Golden Eaglet (Dottie) two weeks old
baby eaglet
Baby Golden Eaglet (Dottie) and mother Marilyn
eaget 7 weeks old
Dottie peeking out of the nest at six weeks old


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Sept 2008 We are open until the end of October

May 14, 2007
We are getting ready for the season and getting things cleaned up after the big snow storms. We will be opened for Memorial Day. we hope to see you soon.

We just got a surprise letter from Rhonda Byer who rescued an injured Golden Eagle in 1990 from the side of the road. in Utah. The Eagle was shot with 40 pellets. She never knew what happened to the eagle until she found our site with the story of Cara who hatched and raised her eaglet at our sanctuary.
Golden Eagle rescue

New! We are opening our new additions we worked all winter getting readyIt's an enclosed greenhouse and botanical garden with a hugh variety of beautiful tropical plants, We are setting up programs for school children to visit our sanctuary for free, Call Peter for details

January 1 2008
Well the winter has been pretty cold so far, we are hoping for a mild winter to save on heating. We have more than 3 feet of snow, that keeps us busy.

We are so happy with 2007

Update August 10, 2007.
We released our two young Bald Eagles today, everything went well, and we believe they are staying in our area for now, we had a call the other day that one or the eagles tried to land on some Lilly pads and fell in the water, he quickly recovered and went on his way. I will be putting up some photos in the next few days.

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