Gameday Eagle Lure and Jess Set Auctions
The Auburn University Raptor Center gives fans the opportunity to own a little piece of the Southeastern Conference’s greatest pregame tradition – the War Eagle flight during home football game pregame festivities – by bidding on the one-of-a-kind jess and lure used during its pregame flight.
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 as a target. The items are handmade and uniquely decorated by volunteers or staff of the Auburn University Raptor Center and are used one time – during the Auburn eagle’s pre-game flight.
The education division of the Auburn University Raptor Center cares for and trains Auburn’s eagles – Golden Eagles Nova (War Eagle VII) and Aurea (War Eagle VIII), as well as Bald Eagles Spirit and Independence – and conducts more than 350 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 to rehabilitate and release 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.
The time for each auction to open and close will be the same each home football game week: bidding begins at 7:00 pm CST Friday and closes at 7:00 p.m. CST Monday for each auction.
* If a bid is placed within the last 5 minutes of the auction, the auction will be extended another 5 minutes.
∗ All bids are final and cannot be cancelled. Auction winners are required to purchase the lure.
∗ This is not tax-deductible due to the fact that you are receiving a one-of-a-kind memorabilia.
Funds raised from the auctions support the center’s mission of rehabilitation, education and conservation. Since 2013, the lure auction has raised more than $40,000 to support the rehabilitation and care of raptors.
Our work is only possible through contributions like yours. Your support ensures the preservation of the Auburn University Raptor Center and War Eagle tradition. Donations can be made year-round through the Auburn University Foundation.
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