PEI has a New Falconer

Nearly a decade after implementing a lengthy set of new legislation regarding falconry, wildlife managers in PEI finally have their first falconer practicing falconry based bird abatement. Jamie Stride of Botwood Newfoundland whom now resides in Bedeque PEI, has started a falconry abatement study in co-operation with the Department of Agriculture in an effort to test its effectiveness to deter nuisance birds raiding berry and fruit crops. Currently, growers are using sonic boomers and electronic hawk calls to deter raiding gulls, crows, and the like, but these can be expensive to buy and operate and produce issues with nearby residents. The electronic hawk calls tend to lose their effectiveness over time unless a real live hawk is also used.

Jamie has also started a new business call Island Falconry Services using saker falcons. He offers his services to commercial and residential patrons and industrial sites such as water-front zones, water supply areas, air fields, crop fields, processing plants, towns, etc.

We wish Jamie and the residents of PEI continued success with their new sport and tool!

jamie stride falconer PEI

Ontario adopts Wild Take of Raptor 

The final period for comments is over and falconers in Ontario are enjoying a wild take of raptors for falconry purposes. Below is the link for how they done it.

Potential Frounce Epidemic Reaches the Maritimes

“In 2005, a disease was discovered in finches in the United Kingdom. In the years since, it has killed about half a million birds.” says Whitney Kelly-Clark, a master’s student in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology in UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College. “It appeared two years later in the Maritimes, and now we’re trying to find out how it spreads from bird to bird.”

The disease is called trichomonosis, and is caused by a microscopic parasite called Trichomonas gallinae.
“The disease causes cankers in the bird’s throat, similar to a canker sore we would get in our mouth,” says Kelly-Clark. “These sores become so painful, the bird can’t eat or drink. It ends up dying of dehydration or starvation.”
While scientists understand the disease is caused by the parasite, they’re still not sure how the parasite is spread from bird to bird.
“There is speculation it is spread at bird feeders [and bird baths], but that has not been confirmed,” says Kelly-Clark. “We’re recreating bird-feeder conditions in a lab, and seeing whether the parasite can live long enough in that environment to spread.”
Pigeons and doves are known carriers of the parasite, but in our region, it only causes sporadic mortality in those species, not like the significant widespread mortality we observe in our Maritime finch populations..
“And we’ve known that about pigeons and doves for nearly two hundred years,” says Kelly-Clark. “Falconers noticed their birds were becoming infected with a deadly disease after eating pigeons or doves. We’re still trying to understand what has changed in the disease so that it now infects songbirds.”
The disease was first discovered in the European green finch, but has gone on to infect 10 different species in the UK. In the Maritimes, it’s infecting purple finches and the American goldfinch.
“We’re asking people across the Maritimes to keep an eye out for infected finches at their feeders,” says Kelly-Clark. “It’s only through the public’s assistance that we can track this disease as it progresses.”
For more information of what to do if you find a sick or dead bird, see this poster published by the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre.
Kelly-Clark's supervisors are Dr. Spencer Greenwood, assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences; and Dr. Scott McBurney, Clinical Veterinary Professional-Wildlife Pathologist at the Atlantic Veterinary College and the CCWHC.

UNESCO Recognizes Falconry as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity

On November 16th 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya, UNESCO (United Nations Educational  Scientific Cultural Organization) accepted a nomination by 11 countries to recognize Falconry as  “A Living Humane Heritage” adding it to it’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

This may not seem significant to some, particularly who are already enjoying regulated falconry, however the value of such recognition cannot be overstressed as it provides formal, international recognition of the legitimacy of the sport.  Not only does it provide a valuable tool to grant falconry the legislation it deserves in our Province, but it also serves to help protect our sport from our detractors. Essentially it declares falconry as being as important to the world as music, dance, and other cultural heritages. This is particularly of benefit to those initial signatory countries whose governments now must protect the sport in their countries.

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Federal Waterfowl Legislation Recognizes Falconry - Canada Wide

As a result of efforts by various falconry associations and individuals the Federal Dept of Environment has designated falconry as a legal means of hunting and retaining waterfowl. The legislation is very thorough and specifies season timing, hunting timing, bag limits, license requirements, etc and basically grants all the rights and privileges enjoyed by gun hunters.  The only requirement is that each province has to specify an area that the legislation is implemented in. Currently, 8 of the 10 provinces have done so with New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador still waiting on provincial wildlife departments to name a region where this legislation is valid. In all other provinces, the area named is anywhere waterfowl hunting is allowed. A legal and valid federal waterfowl license issued by a province is required.

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