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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh 2018

April 30th, 2018

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh 2018

Out Birding today at the Ottawa National refuge with my Adventure Girl! 69 different species spotted today. That’s a great day! 

 

Here’s the full list of birds we kept as a record of our adventures today:

Bald eagle
Purple Martin
Red wing blackbird
tree swallows
Canada geese
Flicker
Snowy Egret
Great blue heron
American robin
Cormorant
Goldfinch
Purple finch
White egret
Cardinal
Wood ducks
Downy woodpecker
Mallard duck
Grackle
Nuthatch
Cooper’s Hawk
Bluejay
Trumpeter Swan
Kildeer
Swamp sparrow
Sandhill crane
Starling
Blue wing teal
Brown headed cowbird
Lesser yellowlegs
Northern shoveler
Ruby crown d kinglet
Yellow rumpled warbler
House wren
Blue grey gnatcatcher
Barn swallow
Chickadee
Redtail hawk
Pied billed grebe
Green heron
White crowned sparrow
Palm warbler
Yellow warbler
Downy woodpecker
Brown thrasher
American coot
Common turn
Caspian turn
Ring billed gull
Herring full
Ring neck ducks
Lesser scaup
Golden Crowned king
Pine warbler
Brewers blackbird
Rusty blackbird
Woodcock
Hermit thrush
Turkey vulture
Pine warbler
Red bellied woodpecker
Bonapartes gulls
Dark eyed junco
Ruddy duck
Song sparrow
American kestrel

Chipping Sparrow

House Sparrow

Sharp-shinned Hawk

 

Conservation

Featured with MUCC

April 4th, 2018

Featured with MUCC

Kelly and I were recently featured in an article by Sarah Topp with the On The Ground program with the Michigan United Conservation Club. Thanks for the nice article, Sarah! Link to the article is below.

On the Ground: Falconry in Improved Habitat Areas

 

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Outdoor Magazine Podcast February 3rd!

February 5th, 2018

Outdoor Magazine Podcast February 3rd!

This week I had a chance to talk to Mike Avery from the Michigan Outdoor Magazine. 

Here’s a link to the Podcast.

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Cedar’s Release

April 1st, 2017

Cedar’s Release

Today, I released my hunting partner back to the wild.  After five years of hunting for critters and walking through the woods together, it was her time to enjoy the natural world again. It was a bittersweet moment for us as we watched Cedar do her victory lap around the field before finding a safe perch in a pine tree for the evening.  I have no doubts that she will enjoy the wilderness once again and continue to be a survivor. 

 

Here’s the Video of Cedar leaving the glove for the last time. 

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Summer 2016 Update

July 26th, 2016

Summer 2016 Update

As the summer draws to it’s peak heat indicies, my activity level with falconry is also reaching a zenith. This summer has been a time of change and growth on a personal level, as well as another challenge to my falconry career: getting ready for the next stage of falconry life. The next level for falconry for me comes at a time when change is a constant and being ready for the curveballs life throws at you becomes a mindset. All the preparation and readiness mindset in the world cannot prepare you for everything, but it can give you the ability to adapt better. Here’s a few things that I’m working on in preparation for ‘The Next Stage’.

 

New Mews

With time and resources both at a premium for me right now, it’s become a challenge to construct a new mews. I need a new mews for the next level, so I’m in the process of converting an existing shed into a mews. The next stage for me is the next bird. “What is the next bird?” is a fair question here, but truthfully, I don’t know. It will be a bird of opportunity and when the time comes. I believe that God has a way of working through others, and provides each of us with the right thing at the right time. So when the right bird is ready for me, she will find me, I just have to be ready for her. There’s no sense in going trapping for a new falconry partner if you don’t have all the amenities arranged.

 

Apprentice

For the first time in my falconry adventures, I am taking on an apprentice. At first blush, this seems like a simple thing to do, being a falconer of 7 years, and varying levels of experience. It’s about time I passed on all my falconry knowledge and skills, right? However, taking on an apprentice is not something I take lightly, nor would I want to undertake the training of a young falconer haphazardly. This experience is going to take additional focus and a re-examination of my own skills as a falconer AND a teacher. The teacher in me always strives to give my best to my students.

 

Hunting Companion – Small Munsterlander

I’m going to add a four-legged companion to the hunting party this year. With ‘Wink’ (old English Setter, beyond his years) out of commission for bird hunting, I’m adding a Small Munsterlander puppy to the team, ‘Kida’. This is another feat that is no small measure of consideration, but I’m getting some extraordinary assistance from my apprentice. The training of a great hunting dog is another undertaking that should be given the greatest consideration. The additional training as a falconry dog will be an extra change for Cedar, as she is not used to hunting with dogs in the field. This too shall take some adjustments. Great Teams were not formed in a day, so we are going to work together on training as a team in the hopes of having some great falconry adventures together in the coming season.

Administrative Duties

I continue to work hard for the falconry community in Michigan and continue to provide assistance in special areas as necessary for the betterment of the sport in the State of Michigan. This sometimes involves long meetings on Saturday mornings, but it’s with some terrific folks and the topic is captivating. The outcome of our team’s work will provide the falconry community in Michigan additional confidence in our partnership with the authorities.

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