Rodney Stotts on Turning into a Falconer

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Rodney Stotts on Turning into a Falconer

Written by Conor Gearin

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    [music: “Dirty Wallpaper,” Blue Dot Sessions] 

Rodney Stotts determined to change into a falconer after years of working with injured raptors and educating younger folks about wildlife. There is a lengthy course of of coaching and licensing concerned in changing into a falconer. An extra hurdle? He did not see anybody like him doing it. 

Rodney Stotts: And folks checked out me and I suppose it was humorous to them, as a result of Black falconer — it simply didn’t go collectively. After which as soon as I received my foot within the door, that was it. You couldn’t slam the door anymore.

Rodney finally discovered a mentor and started coaching and dealing with birds of prey. Now an authorized grasp falconer himself, he introduces children from the Washington, DC, space and past to the majesty of raptors. 

Rodney Stotts: To start with simply to see them smile. I pull this hen out, and their eyes mild up. And the joy in them, that to me is a blessing. As a result of no matter you have been going by means of, for that break up second, you felt higher.

    [Red-tailed Hawk call, ML 229578, 0:12-0:14] 

He hopes his packages assist college students think about extra prospects for themselves.

Rodney Stotts: To have any individual after I was within the 4th grade or fifth grade and are available in and convey a hen and inform me I can do this stuff might have modified the entire course of my life. Who is aware of!

Study extra in Rodney’s new guide with Kate Pipkin, Bird Brother: A Falconer’s Journey and the Therapeutic Energy of Wildlife. 

Discover a hyperlink on our web site, BirdNote DOT org. I’m Ariana Remmel.

[Red-tailed Hawk call, ML 229578, 0:12-0:14] 

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Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Purple-tailed Hawk ML229578 recorded by D. McCartt.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote      March 2022      Narrator: Ariana Remmel

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