(04-03-2017, 11:26 PM)Tasha Wrote: I got to meet an eagle at a Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor a few years ago. 

Martin Tyner and his eagle, Scout.  

Mr. Tyner runs a wildlife rescue in Utah.
My BC Jack and I have gone for walks in the field behind our house. We have encountered wild turkeys ands some deer. We have also seen a few groundhogs. Boy does Jack go crazy when he sees wildlife.
My collies have never seen the turkeys, they are quite far from our house.  They have encountered ducks and geese at a pond near where the agility trials are held and have not paid much attention to them.  I know I don't have bird dogs.   Big Grin

This weekend my husband and I took Mattie on a walk in the desert and saw and desert tortoise.  


He was larger then most I have seen but Mattie didn't notice him since he wasn't moving.  Mattie did notice a few lizards that ran across the path and a couple of grasshoppers.
Do you ever run into snakes out in the dessert? What do the dogs do?

When mine see a snake it's all about checking it out. I'm so happy for a good "leave it" on those occasions.

One Border Collie Is Never Enough

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I have a bird dog. I also have a squirrel dog, cat dog, lizard dog, insect dog, dog dog...

Basically if it moves, it's fair game.

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We see wildlife every single day. We have many gopher tortoises, a couple different types of rabbits, cranes, hawks, armadillos, opossums, snakes, alligators, raccoons, bobcats, and on and on and on. We even have Florida panthers pass through every once in a while, but no bears yet. Gideon just ignores it all. Micah wants to work, or guard against, every single one.
Gotta love 'em.
Only-Borders,  I have never encountered a snake in the desert.  I usually keep the dog on leash especially this time of year when the temperature is just right to make the snakes active during the day.  Often when you hear of someone getting bit by a rattlesnake it was because they didn't see the snake and stepped on it or stepped too close to it so we stay on the trail.  The other reason people get bit is from trying to catch the snake.  I can't imagine why anyone would think it was a good idea to try to catch a rattlesnake.
One of our favorite hiking trails is a canyon in a small state park. At certain times of the year hikers and owners of dogs are warned with a sign at the entrance to the park that rattlesnakes are out and about, so be on the lookout and use caution. Around my home we have lots of rabbits, owls, garter and bull snakes, hawks, some deer, and coyotes. One of my BCs is rabbit obsessed and has encountered a big bull snake in our yard. She just barked at it uncontrollably when it hissed, so when I went to see what she was barking at "there was the snake." Actually, believe it or not we don't mind the bull snakes (keeps the mice population down).
We like snakes, but my JRT is murder on them if they come in the backyard. She's killed a couple black racers and severely injured(probably died later) a beautiful indigo. I felt really bad about that one. They are a protected specie.
Gotta love 'em.
Isn't that a job of a JRT, to kill anything that won't kill her?  

I like snakes, spiders, and bats as long as they are not out to harm me or my children and pets.  I went decades living in the Pacific Northwest without seeing a Black Widow spider and in only a few weeks of living in the Southwest saw dozens of them.

I saw a Kingsnake once.  A family we know had a son that caught one in the desert.  It was amazing!  The mom said that she told her son that he had better have the snake contained and then went into the garage to get the broom and discovered the snake wandering around and admitted that she screamed for her son to catch it.   

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The contrast of the black and white is beautiful (unless you have a phobia of snakes).
Never knew kingsnakes come in black and white. I know there's one that has all the same colors as the venomous coral snake but has a different stripe pattern.

Amazing (and sometimes terrifying) creature though.

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