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Live Q&A with Scout the Golden Eagle

In honor of Scout’s thirteenth anniversary, we streamed a live Q & A with he and Martin. They answered questions sent in previously as well as as many questions as they could that were asked during the livestream. Questions were about Scout, Scout & Martin, other eagles and falconry.

1:00 – Intro & About Scout and Martin
3:07 – Scout in the house
3:50 – What is the largest prey Scout can catch?
4:40 – Is falconry in decline?
6:00 – What does Scout eat?
6:40 – What is it about Golden Eagles that makes them not the best hunters?
7:40 – Why is Scout’s mouth open?
8:10 – Do they have rabies?
8:40 – How old is Scout? How long will he live in captivity vs the wild?
9:00 – What is the wingspan? How much do they eat per day? How fast can they fly?
9:50 – How many eggs do they lay?
10:21 – How many chicks make it to adulthood?
12:01 – What is the difference between Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles?
13:56 – Are Golden Eagles an endangered species?
14:30 – Do you go hunting with Scout?
15:00 – Do you see many eagles’ nest? Do they keep the same one a long time?
16:20 – Have you ever had a Bald Eagle as an ambassador? Is that allowed for someone like you?
18:00 – Why is he named Scout?
21:20 – Are eagles affectionate with their mates?
22:50 – Reintroduction and info about Scout for late arrivers
29:00 – Can you explain how three Bald Eagle nests and one Bald Eagle nest have been discovered to raise a Red Tail Hawk baby?
31:00 – Are male or female eagles more aggressive?
32:10 – Is a Harris Hawk the best beginning bird for falconry?
34:30 – How long did it take for Scout to warm up to you?
36:10 – How much damage can an eagle’s beak do? Does it only cut or does it crush as well?
39:40 – What if you walk by an eagle’s nest without knowing?
42:10 – Has Scout tried to preen you?
44:30 – During cold weather does Scout come inside?
45:35 – Will he ever mate, does he go through hormone shifts? 47:30 – Has Scout ever got into a tussle with another wild animal?
48:50 – Does anybody else handle Scout? 49:50 – What is his sense of smell?
51:00 – What is the courting process for eagles?
53:00 – Will eagles really not mate again if their mate dies?
54:00 – What type of birds are Osprey compared to eagles and hawks?
55:20 – Do fledged eagles ever come back to the nest and are they tolerated by their parents?
56:20 – How often do you get to spend quality time with Scout?
57:20 – Does the male Golden Eagle help incubate the eggs like bald eagles do?

Golden Eagle Release, Winners & Thanks!

This Golden Eagle was hit by a car and had some neurological issues. After a couple months stay, the eagle recovered and was released by a big supporter of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, Dave Gourley, of Findlay Subaru of St. George.

This video also announces the winners of our Gorillapod Contest and shows the arrival of boxes and boxes of donations!

Free Flying!

Falconry | Prairie Falcon Training Pt. 5 | Free Flying!

From August 26th and September 1st of last year, Martin’s continued work with Piper the Prairie Falcon. Piper is doing well, flying more and growing up as wild falcon. In this video, we see some of his first hunting flights and a first catch.

Questions about Eagles, Scout & Martin

Questions in this video

0:00-3:24 – About Scout the Golden Eagle
3:24 – Why are they called Golden Eagles?
3:41 – Do you bathe him? Does he bathe?
4:09 – How big are males and females?
4:29 – How much does he eat?
4:50 – Does he lose feathers? What do you do with them?
5:27 – How did you get Scout?
5:57 – What are the differences between male and female?
6:22 – When they mate, do they stay together all the time?
6:49 – What is their lifespan?
7:12 – How long did it take you to establish your relationship with Scout?
9:42 – Do you work with Owls?
10:02 – Does he have problems with feather growth?
11:44 – Why would a bird always have one feather missing?
12:30 – Do Eagles have problems with Ravens?
13:29 – Why doesn’t Martin wear gloves?

Piper the Prairie Falcon Free Flights (pt 4)

The training of Piper, our male Wildlife Ambassador Prairie Falcon, continues! In this video, Martin takes him to a new area and continues their work. Piper is allowed to fly free!

In this session Piper is free to fly around and learn to be a wild Prairie Falcon. To bring him back, Martin tosses the lure. With practice, Piper will fly further and further and longer and longer. This is a difficult time in the training of a prairie falcon, Martin discusses the challenges and ways through them.

To view all videos about Piper, please view Piper’s Playlist.

Eagle Flies as far away as possible!

Golden Eagle Release back the Wild!

This Golden Eagle had a month long recovery after being hit by a car. The wing was damaged. This eagle recovered well and very quickly was no longer tolerant of life in our chamber!

Ready for release, Susan and Martin took him out to a safe area for a private release. Though usually we like to invite people to join us for such an event, there just wasn’t time in this case. This eagle was ready to go and could have harmed himself if kept in a chamber any longer.

Falconry | Hawking with Belle the Harris Hawk

Belle’s First Hunt!

In this video, Martin and Belle head out into the desert to look for jackrabbits. Belle stays mostly perched on Martin’s arm as he walks quickly and sways his walking stick in search of jackrabbits.

Belle is still very young and not yet in top physical shape. She will need lots of practice yet.

Belle the Harris Hawk is one of our Wildlife Ambassadors. In addition to attending educational presentations with Martin, she is a falconry bird. Her full story can be viewed in this YouTube Playlist.

New Wildlife Ambassador!

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our pantheon of Wildlife Ambassadors! A young female Peregrine Falcon has officially joined their ranks!

This Peregrine comes from a breeding program as she is very near-sighted. She could not survive in the wild nor be a falconry bird. She can however be an educational bird!

Name That Bird!

That Bird Named!