How to Help Birds & Other Critters | Q & A with Martin Tyner

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00:00 – What is your busiest time?
01:47 – I found a bird, how do I care for it?
03:01 – What animals are “wildlife”?
07:12 – Why is it illegal to release a Ringneck Dove?
08:18 – Why do smaller animals have to die to save larger ones?
11:32 – What is life like for Helen?
12:51 – What can I do to save animals?
17:09 – Is it too late to return animals taken away?
18:13 – What is “imprinting”?
20:58 – Is wildlife instantly imprinted from any human contact?
22:44 – Do you often see the best of intentions end poorly?
25:58 – Do you have any advice about finding wildlife information online?
27:53 – Is there any accountability for wildlife misinformation online?
29:06 – Can I learn to care for wildlife from watching videos?
30:31 – The volunteer critter webgeek has edited and seen all your video repeatedly, is she qualified to work with wild animals?
33:00 – Does experience with one animal transfer over to another that is similar?
36:27 – What are some examples when animals to need help?
38:48 – Do you run into legal issues regarding wildlife care?
41:29 – Should wildlife go to veterinarians?
42:56 – What is there is no local help?
44:44 – Why doesn’t Susan work with the bigger critters?
46:11 – Why does it make Susan nervous when you work with big raptors?
47:29 – How long would a volunteer have to work with you before handling songbirds?
48:26 – How long would a volunteer have to work with you before handling raptors?
49:53 – How long would a volunteer have to work with you before handling the Wildlife Ambassadors?
51:06 – How long would a volunteer have to work with you before handling Scout the Golden Eagle?
51:50 – Did Scout choose to work with you?
53:09 – What about for releases & hawking guests?
55:37 – How do I contact help is there is an animal emergency?

The Psychology of Falconry

In response to many questions he receives from falconers, Martin sat down with Helen the Peregrine Falcon to provide an overview to some of the most common questions he receives. Underlining all training aspects is an understanding of the psychology of falconry and what motivates apex predators. They are extremely intelligent and opportunistic. Martin explains how understanding this, and working with this, is the key to mutually respectful and enjoyable relationship. As Martin has said many times before about Harris Hawk Belle, “She is the hunter and I am her dog.”

For more about Falconry, please visit the playlists below:

Belle the Harris Hawk First Season Videos

Belle the Harris Hawk Second Season Videos

Piper the Prairie Falcon Early Training

So, on udder things…

Going slightly off topic with this one, but still within a broad interpretation of “Critters” and perhaps some sound advice for visitors to Utah. On the drive back from the last release of a Red Tail Hawk, Martin and Susan encountered some livestock near the road. Always the guide and teacher, Martin turned the camera back on to explain their presence and share a little about life in Utah. Later in the video, Susan shares more footage of livestock from a nearby ranch as she enjoys watching them and their young.

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.

Help save Martin’s Hobby

­čö╣Learn more at Martin’s site­čö╣

­čö╣Need to Act Now­čö╣
Comment deadline is March 2, please visit FAA site now!

The FAA has introduced new laws that will attempt to regulate all “Unmanned Aircraft Systems”(UAS).

­čö╣Problem of Categorization­čö╣

This new law lumps together all RC Aircrafts together under one heading of UAS. This means it treats traditional RC model aircrafts the same as drones.

This grouping is problematic for many reasons. Drones and traditional RC aircrafts are very different. They fly differently, have different needs and have very different ability and function.

By grouping them all under the same heading, it will destroy traditional RC model aircraft.

­čö╣Problem of Identification­čö╣

In order to control every single flying object in the US, it will require remote identification equipment. This technology does not exist and will take time and resources to develop. It will make older models illegal to fly.

­čö╣Problem of FAA Approved Fly Areas­čö╣

The new FAA law proposes that older crafts can be flown at approved areas, however, does not specify where they will be or how they will be chosen. Additionally, it mandates they are “club” related, but again does not define who is eligible though does state past clubs are not immediately approved.

The idea of limited approved spaces will severely hinder if not eliminate flight for traditional RC aircrafts.

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:

­čö╣Our host Briana Morgan, Lake Havasu City Water Division, who spoke about Lake Havasu Water Conservation
­čö╣Joey Saccomanno of Havasu National Wildlife Refuge who shared local wildlife information ( Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges )
­čö╣ Go Lake Havasu for helping to plan and promote our events!
­čö╣ 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!
­čö╣The Aquatic Center for all their help setting up and quickly adding chairs when needed!
­čö╣Dorothy Gallardo who helped at the events & housed our founders and Wildlife Ambassadors!
­čö╣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