White Belly Bald Eagle & Red Tailed Hawk Updates

An update on the Red Tailed Hawk’s and White Belly Bald Eagle’s feather growth.

Earlier videos about these birds:
Raptors Need Their Tail Feathers
Rescued Rare White Belly Bald Eagle

Martin also opens up a new shipment from Rodent Pro!

Martin and Susan send their thanks to those who donated Gift Certificates to restock our freezer for the raptors in our care.
Tom Utech, Love from Michigan, Linda Farrington, Panu Nassi, Francene Simhoni, Nan Huffman, Collin Pederson, Connie Beingessner, Julie Stephens, Cheryl Taylor, Elizabeth Warkentin, Cynthia Cheek, Bonavin Fletcher, Cory Griffis, Sharon Cobb.
A Big Thank You From our Wildlife Ambassadors Scout, Belle, Helen, Cirrus & Piper.

To send us Rodent Pro Gift Certificates, please call them:
(812) 867-7598
Our email is

Birds of Prey Shows in Lake Havasu City Excerpts

* Video Timeline below *
On Thursday, January 16th, Martin & Susan loaded up the brand new Subaru and our Wildlife Ambassadors: Scout the Golden Eagle, Belle the Harris Hawk, Helen the Peregrine Falcon. They arrived in Lake Havasu City at the Volunteer Critter Webgeek’s house around 3p and pretty much immediately got into work mode. First the Wildlife Ambassadors were moved from the Subaru to a couple tables then Martin sat with them for a little while after the five hour drive.

Around 3:30, Scout was back in the car to head down to London Bridge for a quick photoshoot with the Go Lake Havasu Photographer. Martin carried Scout in his kennel from the London Bridge Visitor Center parking lot down to the bridge. Once we found a good spot, he took Scout out and instantly drew a crowd! Martin is a teacher 24/7 and happily answered questions from the people who gathered.

We took a bunch of photos then went off to the Aquatic Center to meet with a reporter of the local newspaper and check out the venue. After the interview, we headed home shortly for some food, and to pick up the other Wildlife Ambassadors for the first show. We got back to the Aquatic Center at 6p, a full hour before the show to have plenty of time to set up. Briana, of the Lake Havasu Water Division, who hosted the event was there as well as another speaker, Joey, of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

We were all very, VERY, happy to see the seats begin filling nearly 30 minutes before the show. A couple rows of seats were added for the first show, and even more for the second show on the following night. Given all the efforts so many had contributed to the shows, the strong turn out was deeply appreciated!

Our thanks to:

🔹Our host Briana Morgan, Lake Havasu City Water Division, who spoke about Lake Havasu Water Conservation
🔹Joey Saccomanno of Havasu National Wildlife Refuge who shared local wildlife information ( Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges )
🔹 Go Lake Havasu for helping to plan and promote our events!
🔹 Murphy Broadcasting who shared our message across all their area radio stations!
Shugrues Restaurant Group and Barley Brothers Restaurant and Brewery for feeding our founders!
🔹The Aquatic Center for all their help setting up and quickly adding chairs when needed!
🔹Dorothy Gallardo who helped at the events & housed our founders and Wildlife Ambassadors!
🔹And many, many local businesses, schools, and churches who posted up our event flyers!

Though Susan and Martin were in work mode for most of the trip with the Livestream as well as the two shows, they still had a little time to enjoy a good meal compliments of Barley Brothers right by the London Bridge. They also enjoyed a short walk on a small trail along the shore of Lake Havasu.

They headed off for Cedar City right after the second show. And once home, Martin again immediately tended to the Wildlife Ambassadors.

* Timeline *
00:00 – 00:42 Instagram Story from London Bridge & Stills
00:43 – 01:04 Checking out the Venue
01:05 – 01:56 Stills from the first show
01:57 – 03:13 Excerpts from Livestream: Martin talks about First Day in Havasu
03:14 – 03:40 Instagram story from Barley Brothers Restaurant
03:45 – 06:10 The opening slideshow of Martin’s Presentations
Video Excerpts from Second Show
06:11 – 07:50 About Eagles
07:51 – 11:30 Video about an Eagle Rescue
11:31 – 15:42 Bald Eagle Rescue & Release story
15:43 – 16:35 About Eagle Lice
16:36 – 28:23 About Vultures
28:24 – 31:06 About Releases & Wild is Wild
31:07 – 32:28 About a Pygmy Owl
32:29 – 44:21 Belle the Harris Hawk Time!
44:22 – 53:56 Helen the Peregrine Falcon Time!
53:57 – 55:24 End of Show

A Subaru Built for Eagles

Back in November, Martin & Scout visited Findlay Subaru of St. George to test that new Subaru Foresters were still big enough for Scout’s travel box.

On November 18, we began a fundraiser for the new foundation vehicle.
Funds were raised as of January 6th and on January 7th, Martin
picked up our new 2020 Subaru Forester!

🙌Big BIG THANK YOUS to EVERYONE who contributed!👏

Now we reveal the rest of the story — the last run of the old Subaru, the visit to Findlay Subaru of St. George to pick up the new Forester and once again ambush Dave, their general manager. They gave us an AWESOME deal!

Martin also shares some information and further upgrades to the new Forester and Scout’s first ride in his new wheels.

Hawking with Belle

GoPro video of Martin and Belle out Hawking. While out wondering the desert, Martin talks about:
1:00 – Second Hunting Season
5:00 – About Consistent Training/hunting tips
12:00 – Belle after Jack Rabbit
19:00 – About the falconer’s role
21:00 – About Belle’s Schedule
24:00 – About Falconery terms
25:00 – About Belle getting tired and group hunting
28:00 – About not letting the bird get too tired or discouraged
35:00 – About how rabbits are raised and why there is a falconry season
40:00 – Hood on and heading back to the car

Barn Owl Gave a Good Fight

A Barn Owl arrived late afternoon on November 7th, 2019 from Utah DWR. We’d received calls about this owl throughout the day, and expected the arrival. Martin immediately examined the condition of the owl. After a first meal, the owl was taken to a small dark and mostly quiet chamber. It was near Belle the Harris Hawk’s outdoor chamber and she was not very quiet.

For two days, Martin checked on the owl frequently. The owl made it through the first night and was fed again the next day.

Despite showing some signs of recovery, when Martin checked on the owl early in the morning of November 9th, the owl had passed.

Opening Presents, Updates, Backroad Drive & Conversation

Happy Holidays ~ Merry Christmas ~ Happy Hanukkah ~ Happy Ordinary Day ~ Happy New Year ~ Joy ~ Peace ~ Love!

We saved the video of our latest unboxing for Christmas Morning! Thank you to everyone for so many gifts throughout the year – so many people have helped in so many ways from the Amazon Wishlist to a view of one of our videos. It all matters, it all helps. We’re nearing 50,000 subscribers and views on our videos have topped 10 million!

At about 4:50 Martin and Susan include thanks and update on the Founders’ Birthdays Fundraiser.

Around 6:15 Martin talks about all the events going on, including an upcoming trip to Lake Havasu City, Arizona where he will host two Birds of Prey of the West shows at the Aquatic Center on January 16th & 17th.

At 9:30 Martin gives a quick update on rehab animals.

At 15:30 Susan shares the list of people who have sent us Gift Certificates from Rodent Pro!

At 21 minutes in, we switch to a backroad drive and a conversation. The drive is from the Garmin Dashcam of the trip back down a windy dirt road from the C-Overlook. It was from November 9th after we released a Golden Eagle. The trip up and the release was included in this video:
A Eagle’s Second Chance

The conversation included was from July 30th and covers various topics including:
21:48 – Martin asked about the balance between wildlife and urban sprawl
24:35 – Martin asked if wildlife can exist in controlled environments
27:43 – Martin asked about the differences between pets and wild animals
36:15 – Martin asked to define conservation as he sees it

Raptors Need Their Tail Feathers

* This video contain images and information that may be disturbing to some viewers.
* If you are sensitive to sad tales, please do not watch this video.

This video includes two raptors, a Red Tailed Hawk currently at our rescue center, and older footage of a Golden Eagle from early 2018.

The Red Tailed Hawk may have been struck by a car and temporarily stunned. However, before the hawk was brought in it appears it was injured in an additional way. From the damage to feathers on one wing, Martin thinks that wing was grabbed by someone who held the hawk in order to rip out the tail feathers. All but two tail feathers were taken.

This is something that Martin sees once or twice a year. It is very cruel and painful to the raptor. The Red Tailed Hawk will have to stay with us for quite awhile, possibly a year, until new feathers grow in.

Another similar incident happened to the Golden Eagle who arrived injured and missing all but one tail feather.

More information about the Golden Eagle can be found here:
About three minutes into the video, Slow Down for Eagles

For Eagle FAQS, please visit:

Questions about Eagles (FAQ)

Hawking with Belle | Sept 4, 2019

GoPro video with Martin & Belle out hawking on the fourth day of the season. This is non-edited for those who would like to follow the whole experience.

** Spoilers **

Here’s a timeline of actions & topics if you’d like to skip around

00:00-2:47 – getting Belle out of box and tracking system set up
2:47 – 5:19 – talking about the season so far and getting Belle physically fit
5:50 Jackrabbit chase 1
6:00 – 7:00 Talking about hunting area
7:10 Another chase
7:45 – 10:15 Talking about the problems with sage brush and rabbit tricks
11:00 – 12:30 Talking about having only a general direction of area of cover, let the bird lead.
12:30 – 13:00 About “tidbits”, rabbit launch
13:00 – 15:30 About jesses and when to keep them and take them off
16:20 – 17:00 About using food control for motivation
17:00 – 18:00 More about hunting area
19:00 Most fun as falconer, smallest bird to get the job done
20:00 About upcoming hawking for larger jackrabbits in Wyoming
24:30 About Cedar City, Vacations & Falconry
28:30 About Hawking with Tee Perch
29:30 About Harris Hawks hunting in groups
33:00 Couple good chases
36:40 About a rabbit trick
37:50 About Belle losing track of still rabbits
40:15 About hawking with a dog
44:30 About Belle’s weight and the importance of it
47:30 Issues with birds and the effect of the falconer’s attitude
1:00:15 Cottontail Close call
1:00:40 More about Belle’s weight
1:02:30 Wind picks up
1:08:40 About VORs & pilots
1:10:00 About end of hunt and when to put hood back on
1:15:00 About previous male Harris Hawk Thumper

Birds of Prey Presentation | Findlay Subaru

To kick off the Subaru Share the Love Event, Martin brought Scout the Golden Eagle, Belle the Harris Hawk and Helen the Peregrine Falcon to the showroom of Findlay Subaru!

Please enjoy the short version of Martin’s Birds of Prey presentations including audience questions throughout.