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Home Again

I will do my utmost– for my own sake, if no-one else’s– to start posting here again. I made a number of mistakes during my first attempt at this… too many updates, too neurotic about writing daily, and too much of a hope that I would get reinforced by outside feedback (mostly because I hope other people find these birds as amazing as I do). Then, some frustrating things happened at work and I got pulled out of training for months, which started a depressing cycle. I could see behaviours we’d worked hard on breaking down, but could not do anything about it. Needless to say, this was difficult to watch.

Luckily, a break came at just the right time: I just came back from my first IAATE conference, and boy has it kick-started me. Not only am I going to do whatever I need to do to get back to training, but I’m also going to keep track of it in a more reasonable fashion (ie: updates when it isn’t stressful to do so). I am so excited to get started again, and also to get the birds back on track.

We are back in the game. I’ll give an update on the birds soon!

 

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Starting from scratch(es).

Let’s get right into things: this is a place for me to jot down my thoughts on using operant conditioning to train birds of prey. Although the birds have formal logs at work, I mean this to be a somewhat more intimate look at the training process, as well as a place to talk about other aspects of working with non-releasable raptors. Although operant conditioning is well established, it is very, very new to me and to the birds my coworkers and I training — I will certainly make mistakes. Hopefully, I will look back on this blog and see growth in both the birds and in myself.

To protect the privacy of all involved, I will not be naming my work place or my coworkers, ┬ánor will I be using the birds’ real names, as the latter can be easily tracked. If you know me well enough to know the real names of who, where, and what I am discussing, please refrain from sharing them in comments.

I will try to keep things consistent so that folks can follow along with the individual progress of each bird, and I will keep an updated roster of all mentioned birds as follows:

“Big Girl” — Immature female BAEA, 2009 hatch. Shoulder injury.
“One-eye” — Adult male RTHA, 2003 hatch. Hit by car, left eye removed.
“Twitch” — Adult female RTHA, 2001 hatch. Illegal imprint, wing injury.
“Wee One” — Immature female AMKE, 2010 hatch. Captive bred imprint.
“Blinky” — Immature female LEOW, 2010 hatch. Captive bred, parent raised.
“Kohl” — Immature female SEOW, 2010 hatch. Captive bred, parent raised.

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