Piper is our Prairie Falcon Wildlife Ambassador. His training began back in July. The series of videos about piper can be viewed at this YouTube Playlist.
In this video, Martin works with Piper in his yard, teaching him first elementary steps of falconry training like his first jump from perch to glove. Martin explains each step as he shows the training process.
People Swoop In To Rescue Birds
Big thanks to Gayle Bass and RightThisMinute for sharing our story about a rescued, raised and released Horned Lark. We appreciate how often they include tales of critters with a genuine concern for their well being.
We also would like to send Big Congrats and Happy Anniversary as they go into their 8th season!
Piper the Prairie Falcon
Piper is one of our newest Wildlife Ambassadors and falconry birds.
In this video, Martin tells of his early life from in the nest with mom and dad to in the chamber with Cirrus, our female Prairie Falcon.
All grown and raised wild, Martin and Piper begin training. This first part includes their earliest sessions, including Piper’s first few jumps to the glove!
Martin is a master falconer and explains some basics of falconry as he works with Piper.
Meet our two newest Wildlife Ambassadors!
In this video Martin introduces a new young male Prairie Falcon named Piper. Piper will share duties with our female prairie falcon, Cirrus as falconry and educational birds.
Also introduced right out of her box from a breeder in Louisiana, is Belle, a Harris Hawk.
Both birds are working hard in their training to educate at presentations with Martin and to hunt for food for the injured wildlife that visit our rehab center.
On the raptor side in the month of June we received a peregrine falcon with the end of its wing amputated, probably by a barbed wire fence. It is feeding well and the injury is healing. The falcon will never be able to fly. If everything heals up well with no infection we will try to place this falcon in a wildlife educational program.
This Peregrine Falcon is an adult male and was found in the Panguitch, Utah area. It is missing part of its wing and was brought to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation for care by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Sunday June 17, 2018.
Hoping for the Best.
We currently have two orphaned kestrel falcons that were picked up by an individual who was under the impression that they would make great pets and hunting birds for falconry. After an extensive conversation he agreed that he did not have the state or federal permits required or the time and resources to care for them properly.
When I arrived at his home, I found the two baby falcons in a wooden box with no ventilation sitting on his front porch in direct sunlight with the temperature in the 90’s. Fortunately the young birds were still alive. We got them back to the rescue center, they are now doing well and should be releasable by late July or early August.
The baby kestrel falcon’s story is all too common. Baby birds outgrow their nest, this is normal. They end up on the ground under the nest. Again, this is normal. As long as they are not in a life threatening situation it is always best to leave them and let mom and dad continue to care for them.
The gentleman that picked up the baby kestrels did so out of an interest but somewhat misguided love for the birds. Fortunately he was intelligent enough to call our wildlife rescue center so the birds could be cared for properly and eventually be released to the wild.
– Martin Tyner
Founder and CEO
This Kestrel Falcon was with the Southwest Wildlife Foundation for over a year and a half! Martin did not think he would ever fly again because of damage to his wing.
Educational permits were in process to keep the Falcon with us as an educational bird to join Martin in presentation. With time and care and the will to be wild, however, the little falcon’s wing healed and his feathers grew in.
The Kestrel Falcon was recently release back to the wild where he belongs!
Earlier videos about this Kestrel Falcon:
We are waiting for our applications to be approved for the male Kestrel Falcon to add him to our education permits. We had hoped the kestrel would be able to be released, but due to his broken wing feathers not growing back properly, he is unable to be released back into the wild. However, he is otherwise perfectly healthy and would make an exceptional education bird.
Preparing raptors for falconry season
Susan assists Martin back when they prepared two of their falconry birds for the season. This includes making sure their talons are sharp and at the appropriate length, their beaks need to be reshaped, and a small mount that holds a radio transmitter is attached to a tail feather.
The two birds, Cirrus and BG, are Wildlife Ambassadors and falconry birds. They accompany Martin to Wildlife Presentations as well as get to fly free and hunt. Their prey allows them to do what they are made to do as well as help supply food for all other wildlife under the care of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation.
Kestrel falcons are the smallest falcons, and are safe for older children to be able to release. We were inspired to partner with Utah Foster Care for a special children’s release. Four children were selected to release the kestrel falcons.