MARS Educational Ambassador, Scarlett, is a Red-Tailed Hawk and often appears with Reg at events.
Scarlett came to MARS from BC SPCA Wild ARC (Animal Rehabilitation Centre) in Victoria; they had rescued four red-tailed hawks, all "imprinted" birds (raised and kept by humans). It's speculated they were all from the same falconer who removed their identifying leg bands and released them, which is illegal.
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Wild ARC's mandate does not include keeping educational birds, so they found a new home for her at MARS. Maj banded her right away. "She was a sassy little bird", Maj said, "bouncing around like an orangutan."
"Scarlet doesn't even speak hawk", Reg explains, "She makes these growling noises, the closest she can get to how I sound."