The Westford Sportsmen’s Club welcomed the public to its 200 acre facility on Sept 26th. The MFHT was well represented with Kim Meiners and her kestrel, Damian Folch and his peregrine and Diane Welch and her red tail. They set up an informational table on the sport and history of falconry.
Falconers often receive phone calls to help with injured or sick birds of prey from residents and wildlife agencies. Check out the story below about the rescue.
Master falconer and club liaison, Bill Johnston, helped care and train a peregrine falcon for release in partnership with Tufts Wildlife Clinic and MassWildlife..way to go!
From Masswildife: In October, a Peregrine Falcon was found in Lawrence with an injured foot and transported to Bernice Barbour Wildlife Center. Bill Johnston, a Master Falconer, then cared for and trained the bird using falconry techniques to help the bird regain her strength. At the beginning of this month, the bird was released back into the wild outside our Field Headquarters in Westborough. To learn more about Peregrine Falcons in MA, visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dfg/nhesp/species-and-conservation/nhfacts/falco-peregrinus.pdf
See more pics of the release: MetroWest article & pics
From time to time falconers receive phone calls from animal officers, state officials and residents regarding injured or trapped birds of prey. Our unique experiences with raptors allows us to assist in situations which others may not know how to handle.
Red Shoulder Hawk rescued from Home Depot
In early March, Wendy Pavlicek received a phone call from the state falconry coordinator, stating that a hawk was trapped in a Home Depot in northern MA. She was asked to check out the situation. It ended up being a red shoulder hawk (not a coopers hawk, which commonly seeks small birds as prey and often gets in to buildings). This hawk had smashed into the windows at Home Depot and became stunned. One of the employees tried to help the bird out, then it ended up flying towards the door and into the building.
Hawk inside Home Depot-on ceiling pole
Live trap going up
Bird caught safely on trap
Safe and eating a mouse
Customers, managers and employees were very concerned for the birds’ well being. After 3 different nightly visits and 14 hours, the hawk was successfully rescued by Wendy Pavlicek with the use of a live trap (BC trap).
The bird was brought to a vet, checked over and rehabbed for 2-3 weeks until it was released back into the wild. The red shoulder was released at a near by marsh with plenty of fields and prey available. We wish her luck and hope she continues on to raise young this year. (Photos of the release below were take by wildlife photographer Marcel Ledoux) http://www.mgledouxphotography.com/
Wendy Pavlicek & hawk moments before the release
Good bye and good luck!
Falconers are not only dedicated to the sport of falconry/hunting, but also dedicated to helping the beautiful creatures we respect and honor.
The MFHT fall field meet was held in central MA this year. We had quite the turnout of falconers, friends and others who were interested in the sport of falconry. We would like to thank Bill Hatch for organizing the meet and Rocco Addeo for hosting at his farm. The game being hunted were cottontail rabbits and the numbers were plentiful.
We would like to congratulate apprentcie Arthur Menedez and general falconer Rita Tulloh from NH on getting their first head of game!
Arthur Menezes and his male red tail hawk
Rita Tulloh and Scarlett (red tail hawk)
Chris Davis flew his 3 Harris Hawks who were successful at catching a rabbit and opossum!
Other falconers their falcons and hawks and shared great conversations about the sport.
Thanks to everyone who joined in and made it a great day!