The Southeastern Raptor Center’s annual online auctions for the jesses and lures used by the eagles during game day flights will begin for the upcoming season with Auburn’s first home football game against the Tulane Green Wave on Sept. 7, 2019.
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 SRC.
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 game days, they are really looking for us to show them that lure,” Andrew Hopkins, Assistant Director, Education and Training said. “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.”
Fans can check out photographs of the lures and jesses that will be auctioned off as well as place their bids on the Raptor Center’s website at auburn.edu/raptor. Each auction will open at the same time—2:30 p.m. on Thursdays prior to every home game—and close on the Monday following the game at 2:30 p.m. If a bid is placed within the last 10 minutes of the auction, the auction will be extended another 10 minutes.
These items are truly a rare piece of Auburn memorabilia and something every Auburn fan will want to own!
Lure Auction Schedule:
Fans will have the opportunity to bid on the lure and jess set used during each pregame flight on the following dates:
- Sept. 7 — Tulane — Auction opens Sept. 5 and closes Sept. 9
- Sept. 14 — Kent State — Auction opens Sept. 12 and closes Sept. 16
- Sept. 28 — Mississippi State — Auction opens Sept. 26 and closes Sept. 30
- Nov. 2 — Ole Miss — Auction opens Oct. 31 and closes Nov. 4
- Nov. 16 — Georgia — Auction opens Nov. 14 and closes Nov. 18
- Nov. 23 — Samford — Auction opens Nov. 21 and closes Nov. 25
- Nov. 30 — Alabama— Auction opens Nov. 28 and closes Dec. 2
Contact: Andrew Hopkins – Southeastern Raptor Center – Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine