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The falconers among us


January 10, 2018

Brad Felger smiles at Titus, his peregrine falcon – gyrfalcon mix bird, after a successful lure stooping session. Titus eagerly devoured his meal after flying hard and fast and returning to the lure at Felger’s calling. Lure stooping is not only a way to exercise the birds, but is also often used as a bird abatement method, as birds scatter when they see the falcon flying.   – Photo by Nancy Crowell

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You have probably heard the repetitive booming cannons and the recorded distress calls emanating from fields in the Skagit Valley during growing season. Those artificial warnings are designed to keep birds away from berries. Unfortunately, most birds get accustomed to the sounds after a few days and quickly realize there’s no real danger preventing them from gorging on the current crop. That’s where Brad Felger comes in. His business, Airstrike Bird Control, Inc., is a natural, non-lethal falconry-based bird abatement program. In other words, his company pr...

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