Grand opening of new Bird TLC facility attracts crowd

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - On Saturday, throngs of people attended the grand opening of the Bird Treatment and Learning Center's Dr. James Scott Avian Rehabilitation Clinic, the brand new facility for the nonprofit that takes in about 1,000 injured Alaskan birds each year.

"We're finally able to realize our dream of being here by doing this," said Guy Runco, Bird TLC Executive Director. "Very happy to be here."

The new facility's namesake is an ode to Bird TLC having begun as a small group of dedicated volunteers working out of Arctic Animal Hospital under James R. Scott, DVM.

After years of planning and fundraising, the 4,000-sq.-ft. office and rehabilitation center located above Potter Marsh will "not only allow Bird TLC to continue to fulfill our mission of wild bird rehabilitation and education, but also to continue to expand and grow to meet the needs of Alaska's avian wildlife in an ever-changing world."

"We had to do a lot of fundraising, and explore in terms of what we could actually afford," Runco said. "This is Phase 1 of a three-phase master plan here on site."

While the group's mission is highlighted by avian rehabilitation, Bird TLC also offers hundreds of programs each year, including interactive education and non-releasable bird placement, as well as a flight center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The building is located at 15510 Old Seward Hwy.