Harris Hawk Training with Belle Pt 5

More training with Belle!

Belle arrived in August of 2018 and we’ve filmed her training and development since arrival. This is a part five in the series of her transformation from young hawk to provider and educator.

Her hunting provides natural food to all our Wildlife Ambassadors as well as any rehabiliting critters in our care.

Additionally, Belle is an educational bird. She goes along with Martin, Scout, Cirrus and Helen to Wildlife Presentations throughout the Southwest.

She has become an essential member of our team!

To see all her videos, please visit her playlist at YouTube!

Hanging Out With Helen

Helen is our newest Wildlife Ambassador, introduced back in March. She is a Peregrine Falcon that cannot see very well, and will always rely on Martin to be her seeing eye human. With us for awhile now, she has already done many educational presentations with Martin in her role as a Wildlife Ambassador.

This video includes more information about Helen and how she is getting along in her new home and in her new role!

So much thanks for so much help!

We are deeply grateful to all those who have helped the critters in so many ways! Every single contribution adds up to make a huge difference! Thank you to everyone who supports our efforts, follows us online, has signed up to our mailing list, has purchased a copy of Healer of Angels, has brought in an critter, has brought or bought food for critters, has left nice feedback, has “liked” our videos or posts, has selected SWF as their charity at Amazon Smile…it all matters and all makes a difference! THANK YOU ALL!!!

Unbox & Bedtime for Wildlife Ambassadors

Envelopes, Boxes, Dog Toys & Eagles!

So Much Help for the Critters! Share the Love & Unboxing

Mini Unboxing, MEGA Thanks!

A Few Days at the Southwest Wildlife Foundation

From May 1st to May 3rd, we uploaded many “live stories” to Instagram of activities around the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. We’ve since compiled the archives of these stories into one video for everywhere else, and added a few photos as well. Footage includes a little time with most of our Wildlife Ambassadors, the arrival of a new patient to our rehab facility as well as some fun time with Cody the Frisbee Ambassador and Martin enjoying a little time off.

Golden Eagle Rescued from Roadside

Wearing the GoPro donated to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah, Martin went off in search of a Golden Eagle reported injured near old highway 91. After a short drive following directions from the person who saw the eagle, Martin headed out on foot with his net.

Along the side of the highway, near a juniper tree, Martin saw the Golden Eagle. After a brief chase, he netted the eagle and headed back the car to take her back to the rescue center.

After an exam which revealed no broken bones, Martin took the eagle to a chamber and gave her a good meal. She is still doing well, hopefully soon to be released back the wild where she belongs!

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!

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.