4 Hawks, 4 Falcons, 2 Eagles, Hunkered Down

A Red Tail Hawk arrived on March 22nd. Martin examined the Hawk, then put him in a chamber. This is a third Red Tail Hawk currently at our center. Martin also gives a tour of others out in the chambers, including long time guests and our Wildlife Ambassadors.

42 Years and a Red Tail Hawk

It is commonly known that the 40th Wedding Anniversary traditional gemstone is a Ruby and the color is Ruby Red. Lesser known, however, is the traditional 42nd Wedding Anniversary Red Tail Hawk. For Susan and Martin’s 42nd anniversary on February 18th, they celebrated by releasing a Red Tail Hawk back into the wild where he belongs.

The Red Tail, one of three currently in our rescue center, had been with us for about a month after being hit by a car. On February 18th he was flying well and eating well and very ready to return to the wild. So ready in fact, he managed to get one of his talons around Martin’s finger.

Susan and Martin took the new Subaru Forester out to Rush Lake Ranch. It was the first wildlife release with the new car!

On route, Martin share some sights and birdwatching details and tells the story about he and Susan’s first date.

Out at the ranch, Martin handed the Red Tail Hawk to Susan to release back into the wild. No instructions needed, of course.

Hawking with Belle | Harris Hawk

From October 16th, Martin & Belle out hawking. Belle flies a ways off and deals with a raven. Martin, a master falconer, talks about how it could end badly for the raven. Though Belle was a little over ideal flying weight, she still made many attempts to catch jackrabbits. Martin discusses how and why monitoring her weight is so important. He also discusses the need to work with a bird best suited to the type of region you will be working with the bird in and the quarry available.

Throughout their wander, Belle makes many attempts to catch jackrabbits. She does get fooled by a couple smart ones, but not deterred, she also catches more than one. The jackrabbits she caught will provide food to the sick and injured animals we care for.

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 info@gowildlife.org

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

Raptors Need Their Tail Feathers

* PLEASE BE ADVISED *
* 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

Belle the Harris Hawk Preparing for the new season

Before the new hunting season, Martin spends time preparing Belle. In this video he continues his descriptions of her care during the off season as compared to during hunting season.

This video, all from his GoPro, was taken four days before the start of hunting season while still working to retrain Belle.

Belle arrived from a breeder in New Orleans in August of 2018.

To learn more, please click here to visit the Belle Blog.