This is their facebook, where they have all of their information. I really want to get these birds to facilities that will treat them with respect and safety
this is horrific.
I’d like to think that maybe no one ever showed them how to train an educational bird to be on a glove… but I suspect they hold them in the medical style leg hold because they’re either incredibly uncomfortable with working with the birds or more likely want the birds to do the dramatic flapping that they rarely do when they feel secure on the glove (though I imagine they could be trained to do flapping things without flailing them about by their legs).
(Also the rough-legged hawk… I can just see the hawk getting its hip dislocated by the incompetent handler, and the thing he does with the great horned owl is beyond disgusting)
I watched this in rage. I want to punch that piece of shit in the face.
I saw this on Facebook. It makes me sick. What a terrible, disrespectful way for children to learn about such amazing predators. Swinging a kestrel around like it’s a toy airplane is not in any way educational. And I can guarantee that turkey vulture hasn’t been fed recently, or it would have vomited everywhere. Turkey vultures blanch when stressed and I have never seen a TuVu so pale. Makes me sick.
These people’s defense is that their hold is safe simply because it isn’t illegal. They’re using a bird-bander’s hold, which is intended to be used temporarily on a bird for the purposes of putting a band on its legs. In an extended period of time this becomes incredible stressful and taxing on the bird’s legs, ribs, hips, and wings (when they have to flap constantly to try and regain balance). If you’ve never seen a bird on glove, this is what it should look like:
This bird is basically sitting on a perch. It has room to adjust its grip and move its feet if it feels unbalanced (but a practiced handler makes for a steady perch). No one is invading this bird’s space. It isn’t panting open-mouthed like the birds in the video. Its wings are folded calmly. If you really wanted to demonstrate flapping behaviour or to show the wingspan, it’s as simple as gently tilting the glove, and the bird will automatically open its wings for balance - no training necessary. This is how raptors should be used for education - with respect, without having to put your hands on it or wrench it up and down to make it flap.
The organization in the video has been bombarded with messages from fellow rehabbers, educators, falconers, and biologists, but they’re deleting and blocking all comments on their Facebook page that they deem “negative”. If you want to get involved, please contact Karen Cleveland, All-Bird Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign this petition. These birds need to be handled with respect. Better yet, they should be transferred to a facility that won’t mistreat them.
Reblogging again for the comentary.