We use the time to do all the other necessary things for a non-profit operation: post on FaceBook, do 501-c-3 paperwork, create budgets, tally program numbers, make perches, and buy supplies.
As one of our two non-imprinted birds, Icarus needs some regular work to stay calm around people. He is big, and could become dangerous if left alone completely. So, we ask him to step onto glove almost daily, and practice touching feet and lower legs so he isn’t upset when we do need to jess him.
His summer molt is really progressing, and his new tail feathers are coming in nicely!
Photo courtesy of the USFWS Feather Atlas projec