Birds of prey are keeping an eye on the participants..

While half of the subcamps are putting on their hiking shoes, the on-site team is being entertained by the Falconry who brought birds of prey. Even though the wind was a bit too hard for the birds to fly, they gave a great show with beautiful birds.

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  1. Alice van Hunnik
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    Passing by in a car on the Zutphense straatweg, it looked great to see all those tents and hiking scouts. Realising that there are plenty of birds of prey and owls in the surroundings (Posbank and Veluwe zoom) I was shocked that there was a show with birds, held in captivity..
    Scouts love nature with flowers and wild animals. The presentation by the falconers is not complete.
    Birds of prey sitting on a perch with a chain are not happy. And they are scared by so many people close by.
    Why not make a hike searching for real wild birds?
    Hopefully you realise that there are other and better ways to get scouts involved with nature. Although I know that a show leaves an exciting impression on kids, it is not the right wat for education.

    In Holland there are several organisations that works on the protection of birds of prey and owls, like peregrines, Barn owls, Little owls. Please let them fly free in the air.

    Have a good camp next year.
    Alice van Hunnik, Roofvogel werkgroep Nederland.

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