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Gothic_Sez



Joined: 18 May 2005
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Location: Redcar, Cleveland, UK

PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 10:53 pm    Post subject: School Visits Reply with quote

I work for the Education Authority for my local council, and recently got into a conversation with a colleague about taking Candleston into local schools and teaching kids (and teachers!) about not picking up wild animals just because they're cute and fuzzy.

It's something that I feel passionately about (just how many wild birds get taken to people's homes and poorly looked after because someone mistakenly thought it had "fallen out of the nest" or been abandoned?), especially since we've taken in Candleston and with more and more people living in cities and towns, I think it's something serious that everyone should be aware of. I've got the link to the "Backyard Barnowl" DVD, which I think will be invaluable in showing people that babies really can get back into the nest and parents will look after their babies pretty much regardless of where they're sitting. I'm all for encouraging people to get in touch with rehab centres etc if they're concerned, but so many birds that are being looked after in captivity that would have been free had they just been left alone, and not enough people are aware of what they should feed a bird of prey in the event that it has to go home with them for an evening or two (I was talking to someone yesterday who very proudly told me that she once "rescued" an owl a few years ago which died a few days later. When I asked what she had been feeding it, she told me "chicken nuggets and cat food Confused ").

Does anyone think this would be a good idea (bearing in mind that I plan to take out pretty much every public liability insurance I can get my hands on incase one of the children get scratched/a wing in the face/mistaken for something edible, as we live in the age of compensation obsession...), and can anyone think of suitable material to use? I'm certainly no bird of prey expert, but I was brought up in the middle of the country where wildlife roams in abundance and had it hammered into me at a young age that unless an animal is obviously in pain, serious danger or has a broken leg/wing, that you should leave it alone and check on it a few hours later or inform someone with experience in that sort of thing.

I'll be very grateful for any opinions/ideas. Very Happy
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Ninox



Joined: 10 Aug 2004
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Location: At the beach - South East Queensland Aus

PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sez

You could take the info leaflets from owlpages, particularly the latest one, if you want - they are copy free documents - so anyone can use them. Bubo has actually translated some stuff into French for her farmers! The thing about the leaflets is that they are a joint effort by specialists and we've been pretty careful about disclaimers too - so that aspect is well covered. You could also alert them to owlpages emergency email reference group.

Tyto22 and Atomik and KarlaOwl all work for centres - although Tyto22 is away for the summer.

I work in awareness raising also (in Aus) and my best initiatives always involve interaction - such as ticking off lists or in the case of schools - I often take hand puppets along too. The whole community seems to like being able to touch something or do something - that seems to stick in minds best! It seems to be not just the kinetic learners that like this - but also the aural and visual types as well. Some are a mixture of two or even the whole three eh - so touching and doing cover the whole 3 learning preferences.

Good luck with it! best wishes - Ninox
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owllady



Joined: 17 Mar 2005
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Location: scotland

PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi sez, i do static displays to the public with my hand reared tame birds, mostly for educational purposes and to help me fund my re-abilitation project.
i also attend schools, nursing homes, etc where allow them to hold the birds and invite them to ask any questions they have, do a speech on what i know- i never claim to be an expert if i cant answer their wuestion i tell them, and do my best to find out and send it to them.
working with the general public is more difficult than working with school children lol
there is so mujch interest out there, and i do hope that what i do does help.
in regars to public liability it is obviously needed but not many companys out there will give it Mad we have cover from a company calle dcliverton if you need their address or number pm me, i would also liek to advise that you find out about a "performing animals" license, i know that may sound starnge but i have 2 of them from aberdeen council, im not allowed to work without them. i also carry all a10s where required just so that if needed i have them as you never know who is out there (many a time the spca, animal welfare have appeared) if you would liek to know any more please pm me, as i to think there shoudl be more education out there in regars to the owls as so many people - adults included are ignorant towards them through no fault of their own.Smile
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owllady



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi sorry, i just read the recent posts and noticed gothic sez that you have a wild disabled tawny owl, is this the one you wish to use for for your school visits?
if so, please dont it is against the law and you could end up going top prison for it Crying or Very sad
i haven't, i know from what i do that you it is against the law even if you have a holders license, the a10 you have will be a holders license and shoudl tell you you ar enot allowed to display, show, o rm ake money from it, if it ias a wild taken/injured bird please read the small print it should tell you.
im not being rude or nasty or funny-im just letting you know as the displays are what i do and im letting you lnow what i know:)
sorry if it isnt this bird you plan to use-im happy to help Smile
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bubo



Joined: 24 Mar 2004
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have to agree with owllady. no injured owl should be used for display especially not wild ones. I know you are going with good intentions and for the right reasons but as owllady mentioned it is illegal.
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Gothic_Sez



Joined: 18 May 2005
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Location: Redcar, Cleveland, UK

PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for the warning!

I've already spoken to DEFRA several times since we took on Candleston, and they've said that my A10 will cover displays, events and breeding of wild disabled bird, and these will be specified on the document. But that the restrictions will be that I will need to keep my A10 updated should we move, and I can't transfer ownership to anyone else. However, I will ring again and double check with them.

If there has been some crossed wires down the road, we'll use Candleston's story as an example and when we've bought a captive-bred Tawny friend for her, they can come along instead Smile
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Jester



Joined: 09 Jun 2004
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Location: sunny aberdeen by the sea

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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you never know who is out there (many a time the spca, animal welfare have appeared)


and even some weird bloke scrounging a cup of coffee Razz

birds looked good though Smile
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owllady



Joined: 17 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy jester was good to see you, and make my appoligies Very Happy
more than welcome to coffee-pop in anytime:)
thank you for the kind comment on the birds, i love them all and they work very well and deserve thier little treats when they get home Smile i do intend to poast soem pics on this site but i have no idea how to it nor have i had the time yet, my daughter is a horror-you may have notice dlol so gettign a quick half hour aint to easy Smile
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bubo



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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can send me the piccies if you like and i will post them. it took me a while to get the hang of things but i made it!!
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owllady



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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2005 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool thank you bubo i wil send via msn if you like Smile when i get a mo-i have them on pc now Smile
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Gilma



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

let the birds keep your spirit high here ))!!
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