On September 10, 2011, more than 100 people came to the Wildlife Center for Buddy's Open House Day. This celebration of Buddy the Bald Eagle included some background history on Buddy and question-and-answer sessions with Ed Clark and Dr. Dave McRuer. Participants then toured through the hospital and outside to see Buddy himself.
While the Wildlife Center staff had originally hoped that Buddy's new enclosure would be completed by Buddy's Open House Day, there were several finishing touches that needed to happen first. Instead, we had a true "open house" and invited guests into Buddy's enclosure — a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Buddy even put out cookies and lemonade in his "dining room" for his visitors.