I have spent so much time and space on this blog talking about the raptors themselves, that I figured I’d use an extra space this week to give you some updates. The last couple of weeks have just been a whirlwind of activity for everyone lucky enough to be involved with them.
The pay-to-see shows are in full swing. The initial turnout was disheartening for the new program, but sales have gone up this week and we’re finally starting to draw some almost decent crowds. Suli is flying for some shows better than others, but she’s made a lot of progress for such a short time. Hayabusa is showing off her eating skills in races against children, which seems to be a real crowd pleaser. Everyone who comes by seems to enjoy themselves and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t think the show was worth the fee.
Travel! The birds haven’t gone more than an hour away since the Laramie trip, but there have been several trips to do. Our library raptor programs are drawing good crowds full of amazingly enthusiastic kids and adults. The birds have done pretty well, though Teasdale is generally displeased about the whole affair. On Wednesday we’ll be heading up to Greybull (and by we I mean they because that’s my day off).
I can hold Suli now! She’s also started flying to both me and Brandon. Of course vulture club does come with some downsides, and we’ve both got some vulture bites to prove it. Brandon and I have become quite proficient in the ways of the birds, and we are both comfortable working without Melissa right there all the time.
So that’s what’s up. Until next time, have a great week!