Auburn Southeastern Raptor Center’s Lure And Jess Auctions Return This Fall

| September 8, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Andrew HopkinsAuburn University

The Auburn University Southeastern Raptor Center’s annual online auctions for jesses and lures used by its eagles during gameday flights will begin this season with today’s first home football game against the Tulane Green Wave.

The auctions are a way for Auburn fans to obtain a one-of-a-kind piece of Auburn football history while also supporting the center’s mission of rehabilitation, education and conservation. To date, more than $40,000 has been raised to support the center.

Jesses are cuffs worn around the eagle’s ankles with straps to assist the handler in securely holding the raptor. The lure is used by the handler to entice the eagle to land at midfield and often has talon marks from use. Each one is handmade of leather, uniquely decorated by volunteers or staff of the Southeastern Raptor Center for each game and used only one time — during the Auburn eagle’s pre-game flight.“Something a lot of people may not know is that when the eagles are circling on gamedays, they are really looking for us to show them that lure,” said Andrew Hopkins, assistant director of raptor training and education with the Southeastern Raptor Center, a division of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “As soon as it looks like the eagle is starting to lose interest, we will run out to midfield and show them the lure, and they will land on it for their food reward.”

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