AUBURN, Ala. (via AuburnTigers.com) -- A memorial and educational program to honor Tiger, War Eagle VI will be held Friday, Aug. 29, in Plainsman Park. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and is free.
Speakers during the memorial include Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs, Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Calvin Johnson and Marianne Hudson, assistant director of raptor training and education at the Southeastern Raptor Center. A video highlight film is also planned.
Immediately following the memorial program, Hudson and raptor specialist Andrew Hopkins a will conduct Football, Fans and Feathers, a raptor show, flight demonstration, and educational program.
Tiger died July 18, 2014 following surgery to remove a cataract from her left eye. Necropsy findings showed significant age-related changes. At 34, she was believed to be among the oldest living golden eagles in captivity.
About Tiger, War Eagle VI
Auburn’s famed golden eagle, War Eagle VI, Tiger, became the first Auburn eagle to free fly at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Aug. 31, 2000. Two years later, she made an internationally-televised flight during opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
Tiger came to Auburn Oct. 8, 1986 at six years old from Kentucky where she was being held by federal agents from an illegal breeding operation in St. Louis, Mo. For 14 years, Tiger was under the care of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national, coeducational service organization founded on the principles of leadership, friendship and service. APhiO cared for the eagles for 40 years and grew the eagle tradition to what it is today. In 2000, the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Southeastern Raptor Center assumed responsibility for Auburn’s eagles.
Tiger made her last stadium flight prior to the Auburn-Georgia game in 2006. The symbol of the Auburn University spirit for nearly 30 years, Tiger died June 18, 2014. At 34, she was believed to be among the oldest golden eagles in captivity.
About Football, Fans and Feathers
The Southeastern Raptor Center hosts educational, birds-in-flight raptor programs on Fridays before Auburn University home football games. Hawks, falcons and eagles will be free-flown from flight towers, enabling guests to see raptors fly close. Birds used in the programs are permanent residents that are non-releasable due to prior injuries or human imprinting.
Football, Fans and Feathers dates are Sept. 5 and 26; Oct. 3 and 24 and Nov. 7 and 21. Programs begin at 4 p.m. at the Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater, 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive off Shug Jordan Parkway. Admission is $5; no registration is required. Groups of 25 or more can purchase discounted advance tickets by calling (334) 844-6943 in advance. Children under three are admitted free.
The Southeastern Raptor Center is a division of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. The center’s mission is to rehabilitate injured or orphaned raptors, and to educate the public and promote wildlife conservation. For more information, go to http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/raptor.