Gameday Eagle Lure and Jess Set Auctions
The Southeastern Raptor Center gives fans the opportunity to own a little piece of the Southeastern Conference’s greatest pregame tradition – the flight of the eagle – by bidding on the eagle’s jess and lure used during its pre-game flights.
The time for each auction to open and close will be the same each week: bidding begins at 2:30 p.m. CST and closes at 2:30 p.m. CST for each auction. If a bid is placed within the last 10 minutes of the auction, the auction will be extended another 10 minutes.
Fans will have an opportunity to bid to own the lure and jess set used during pre-game flights:
- Sept. 8, Alabama State. The auction will open Sept. 6 and close Sept. 10
- Sept. 15, LSU. The auction will open Sept. 13 and close Sept. 17
- Sept. 22, Arkansas. The auction will open Sept. 20 and close Sept. 24
- Sept. 29, Southern Miss. The auction will open Sept. 27 and close Oct. 1
- Oct. 13, Tennessee. The auction will open Oct. 11 and close Oct. 15
- Nov. 3, Texas A&M. The auction will open Nov. 1 and close Nov. 5
- Nov. 17, Liberty. The auction will open Nov. 15 and close Nov. 19
Money raised from the auctions support the center’s mission of rehabilitation, education, and conservation. Since 2013, the lure auction has more than $40,000 to support the rehabilitation and care of raptors.
Jesses are cuffs worn around the eagle’s ankles with straps to assist the handler to securely hold the eagle. The lure is used by the handler to entice the eagle to land midfield and often has talon marks from being used. The items are handmade and uniquely decorated by volunteers or staff of the Southeastern Raptor Center and are used one time – during the Auburn eagle’s pre-game flight.
The education division of the SRC cares for and trains Auburn’s eagles – Nova, a Golden Eagle who is War Eagle VII, and Spirit, a Bald Eagle – as well as conducts more than 350 of educational programs annually, both at the center and around the Southeast, to educate the public about the importance of birds of prey. The rehabilitation division of the center also takes in injured birds of prey, rehabilitates them and releases them back into the wild. This year alone, more than 400 birds were admitted for treatment. When release is not possible, the bird becomes a permanent resident at the center or is transferred to another educational facility.
Our work is only possible through contributions like yours. Your support ensures the preservation of the Southeastern Raptor Center and War Eagle tradition. Your financial support can be made year-round through the Auburn University Foundation by clicking here.