03 Jun 48 Are You a Falconer or a Pet Keeper
If you have ever been in a falconry forum, it doesn’t take long to recognize the level of tension that can course through the interactions between different experience levels and often, those with techniques that are vary as well. One thing that is a very distinct insult from one falconer to another is to be called a “pet keeper,” or rather, a falconer that only keeps a bird of prey for the sake of keeping a bird of prey and not hunting it. This derogatory term is so niche it would be laughable in other community, but we explore in this episode its possible roots and some of the areas in training philosophy it’s likely to pop up.
We discuss the conservation aspect of hunting in the US, how falconry plays a role, the responsibility of outdoor recreation in preserving green spaces, and other aspects of preservation. We also dig into some training concepts such as free lofting, weight management, and the capacity of birds of prey to have relationships.
Cameos include the Weekend Effect in nature, with fascinating research showing differences in bat movements and many other species, as well as how this can help us make meaningful conservation choices.
Also discussion of the USFW funding crisis here.