My new friend — we’re birds of a feather and both enjoy being free, as well as water

Parenting, Come Live Over Here, People, water, Wellness


We got a selfie with my new friend, Kodiak.

Across the street from the Northside Aviary is were we like to hang out -- at the indoor pool of PPS Allegheny K-8. But don't tell anyone, as the pools are generally closed still. 

The National Aviary’s search for an escaped Steller’s sea eagle needs to include visits to closed swim pools, as my new friend likes to hang by the water too.

Others have seen him on the Northside. But he was on the South Side too, loving the return of the two-way traffic pattern on East Cason this weekend. 

Kodiak presents no danger to the public, but not being able to swim is a huge sticking point. We need citizens and students who can swim, to save their own life, but also, perhaps, the lives of others.

Animal self care often involves a vacation too. When you go to the beach with the family, you want to enjoy yourself and not fear for their lives.

Sure, the aviary has authority over the recapture of escaped residents, but who is willing to join us at the swim pools for some winter swimming in the weeks to come?

Richard Lawson, one of the Pittsburgh region’s few licensed falconers, said there are not many options available in securing the eagle’s recapture. Nor are there many swimming and water polo options available within the city. The county parks has four great outdoor pool, and a lake or three too. I told my friend to head there.

The open water swimming is coming to an end in these parts too, sadly.

About the author 

Mark Rauterkus

Swim, SKWIM and water polo coach in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Also the webmaster for the International Swim Coaches Association and a publisher at,, and a former small-press, Sports Support Syndicate. Former free-market candidate for public office on various occasions, generally as a Libertarian.

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