Happy Holidays, & Pardon My Rude Absence

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Happy Holidays, & Pardon My Rude Absence

Been having computer hell, which my much better half has largely resolved. I’ll be getting caught up ASAP.

In the meantime, rest assured that this year’s crop of urban peregrines seems to be continuing apace. One of the brownies, the tiercel, was screaming over my head only yesterday.

The hellish illustration here dates from about 1440, & is from “The Hours of Catherine of Cleves”. Gawd but I do love the treasure trove that is vintageprintable.com, lord of the public domain for this sort of thing.

Wishing you all the very best for 2013!

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My Public Thanks

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http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/blog-of-the-year-2012-award-thanks-waji/

Once again, she has been all too generous & kind, for including me in her list of faves. I appreciate it very much. I put little effort, but much affection, into this ‘blog. It will remain stubbornly free-form, just as my radio shows generally were. I’m grateful to anyone who finds it worth a glance. My own list of nominees will be posted once I get back from a board meeting!

Pleistocene Park

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UAV Surveying of Steller’s Sea Eagle Nest

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This is billed as the first of its kind. Well, for that particular species, maybe. Otherwise, no, not to my knowledge.

Anecdote From a Rehabber

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Red-Tailed Hawk (Upper)<br>Cooper's Hawk (Lower)<br>

(public domain illustration of Red-tail, & Cooper’s)

http://goo.gl/3L6gR

‘Eye bath’ to thank for quantum vision in birds – physics-math – 22 August 2012 – New Scientist

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‘Eye bath’ to thank for quantum vision in birds – physics-math – 22 August 2012 – New Scientist.

Stop Another Wind Farm From Destroying Birds & Fly-Ways

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http://goo.gl/8uVr3

Tracking Black Harriers – Why Aren’t Our Downtown Peregrines Tracked?

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Faucons pelerins urbains

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End of the Line – Boise’s Peregrine Fledglings are Up, Up, & Away!

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It is a pleasure to report that Boise has had our third straight year of 100% brood survival success. Three strapping brownies are still zipping around the area, hale & hearty, occasionally dropping a hapless pigeon hunting experiment onto Boise’s downtown streets. This debut brood, from the new set of very young parents, has been a markedly strong one since their initial flights from their home on One Cap. This despite a lack of coddling on the part of their parents, extreme heat, & much smoke from wildfires settling upon their territory. We have striven to safely usher them into independent lives as much as we could, which proved easier this year than the previous two, owing in part to the remarkable precociousness of these fledges. I am still amazed that we only had one rescue event this season, and even that one was easy as rescues go. The result is another season with a happy ending. My intern, Ryan Carpenter, was an immeasurable help to me as we generally kept well behind the scene, keeping things running as smoothly as possible. I also happily inherited another intern ( & her mom!) toward the tail end of the project, who was terrific, & shows much promise. They pulled very long shifts in severe heat, did great jobs, & deserve much gratitude. Also deserving of our boundless appreciation are the hardy staff of trusty IDFG volunteers, & Master Naturalists, who also put in many hours in terrible weather, always done cheerfully despite such unusually harsh conditions. Bob & Robin Young have been generous again with their time, & sharing fotos. Heather Biggs, of the JUMP project, & Katina Dutton of CCDC, were solidly professional, & truly kind, regarding their respective construction/urban renewal sites around One Cap, & goings-on at One Cap itself. The trio of guys at One Cap that I always rely on – Coby, Steve, & Thinh – were as great as ever. Nearby businesses that hosted our posters, and staff, were the ultimate good neighbours – these include a shoe repair shop, the Alaska Building, several restaurants & coffee houses, hotels, a hiking-oriented store, & an indie book shop. This project was made possible by passionate people at IDFG, as we try to move forward with rebuilding the peregrine population in Idaho, & The Peregrine Fund, who help in too many ways to cite here. Lastly, none of this would have happened at all but for the mighty Bruce Haak, & his original gang, getting a base of peregrine falcons set up here some years ago. Thanks to them, look at us now. And, thank you out there. Stay tuned.

Images below – of the rescue a month ago today – are property of Ryan Carpenter, & are not to be used inappropriately, or without credit.