[Tweeters] Caracara in danger?

Hal Michael ucd880 at comcast.net
Sun Jul 5 14:42:51 PDT 2015

I think Bud's idea is sound. We need to know what these birds do and relocating it would probably be a good thing for it, too.

Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
360-791-7702 (C)
ucd880 at comcast.net

----- Original Message -----

Sounds like a reasonable fear.

I think as bird people, we often forget that much of the rest of the world does not share our interest, passion and curiosity for the avian part of life. And many people out there still have a difficult time understanding that passion.

This guy is apparently one of them. But I think that we also have to respect that he probably lives out there to get away from people, perhaps strangers in particular. Like us.

So, if I may be so bold, I would advise people to be extremely respectful towards him. No one wins in a conflict like this, but there is a good chance the bird could lose.

As far as a suggested solution, here is a proposal for all Tweeterdom to consider.

I can go there, talk to the guy, attempt to capture the bird (they can be very difficult to catch), re-locate it and put a transmitter on it so it can still be followed. We could release it somewhere safer and away from potential conflict. Perhaps here on the Skagit or in a similar habitat.

Now I expect that this proposal is going to start a firestorm here on Tweeters and I can understand why. Some probably think it is really a dumb idea to put this out there at all.

We'll see.

Opportunistic? Yes, admittedly. So we can get that one out of the way right now.

I had considered doing this earlier because I am really interested to see where this bird ultimately goes once he moves on. Great opportunity for some basic raptor research. No one has ever tagged a "wandering" Caracara before. We don't know what it is going to do. Stay? Go north? Go south?

But, frankly, I didn't want to offend people and start a big controversy so I passed on it. I know that there are many people that want to see it and add it to their list.And I respect that.

However, based on the latest reports, I am re-considering. But not without some input and comment first.

So what does everyone think? Let's hear from you. What is the consensus from this group?

And, please, try to keep your responses civil and rational so we can all feel free to comment.

Pretty sure we all share an interest in the welfare of this bird.

Bud Anderson
Falcon Research Group
Box 248
Bow, WA 98232
(360) 757-1911
falconresearch at gmail.com

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