Now is the time for birds of many species to be molting out old feathers and growing in new feathers. Raptors molt one or two feathers at a time so that they can still fly and hunt. This is different from many waterfowl that drop all the flight feathers shortly after nesting, this keeps the
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SOAR has been a part of the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar (LHPS) for many years, educating attendees about the importance of quality habitat for raptors and also natural history and biology of a raptor that can be found in the Loess Hills. Tyler talked with participants on 31 May 2015. If possible, SOAR also releases
Check out the golden eagle research being conducted near Missoula, Montana by Raptor View Research Institute.
We should all observe good raptor viewing etiquette, not only during the nesting season, but also during migration and the winter months when many raptors will gather together in good hunting areas. Remember that raptors are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and bald and golden eagles have additional protections under the Bald and
Shortly after the first pair of anklets were put on Decorah… Kay realized just how much smaller he is than Thora. The anklets were too big for him and would have been dangerous for Kay to work on fist training. On the plus side, just having anklets on was still training for Decorah. With the
Today was a big day in this young eagle’s life. We’ve been so busy, none of us realized that today was the one-year anniversary of Decorah’s hatch. Seldom do we know this much about our education birds. In addition, Terrie was at SOAR working on her “eagle hours.” (See the start of this training info
This clip first aired on 7 February 2015 and is now on Hulu… sorry there are ads… Steve Corwin and crew visit the Ventana Wildlife Society condor recovery area in Big Sur, California. Watch and learn about testing these big birds for lead exposure and chelation treatment.
Tail feathers… January through March is not the time of year that birds should be molting feathers. In February, Decorah had five new tail feathers growing. The feathers grew about half-way in and then the blood supply to the feather dried up and the feather dropped out of the follicle. A blood supply to the
This research was published online with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2012. Abstract: Proposals to end the use of lead hunting ammunition because of the established risks of lead exposure to wildlife and humans are impeded by concerns about the availability, price, and effectiveness of substitutes. The product availability and retail prices of different
Decorah sits on the shelf-perch so he can look out the window. That is obviously more fun than sitting on the bow perch that doesn’t have quite that view. The plan WAS to put bracelets / jesses on Decorah, however, he has about five tail feathers growing in and do not want to disturb or