Guinevere - Red-tailed Hawk

Making the world a better place for raptors through education and science


We are a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status. 

EIN: 82-0696138

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Summer 2018 - Currently IRFC's Flying Team is grounded in order to moult. Our events are limited during the summer but we are working on some great things to come in the fall!
Stay tuned!! 

What We Do!

We offer a variety of educational programs, lectures, workshops, experiences and adventures. 

The donations for these programs will go toward furthering our mission and are tax deductible. 



School programs pre-K to 12th grade

We offer a variety of options…using PowerPoint and a live raptor on a glove

Education programs can be tailored to the wishes and objectives of the requesting school. All programs finish with a live raptor on the glove and an informal Q&A session. Upon request, raptor themed activities such as puzzles, quizzes, crafts, or coloring pages can be sent digitally. All of these programs can be adapted for university or adult lectures as well.

RAPTOR BIOLOGY – This program explores raptor anatomy using replica skeletal parts and photographs of different species to show the variances among raptor species based on their survival strategies used in the wild. Dissecting and examining feathers and raptor pellets is always a favorite way to demonstrate the unique biology of raptors.

RAPTORS AND PEOPLE – This program focuses on how humans impact raptors and discussing ways the students can help raptors in their everyday lives is an excellent way to develop good environmental stewardship.

WHERE RAPTORS LIVE – This program focuses on where raptors live and why all over the world. Topics covered are habitat characteristics and prey choices as well as hunting style used by various species based on prey, land cover and flight anatomy. A guided tour of species distribution and conservation status can be included if time permits.

FALCONRY-THE GENESIS OF RAPTOR CONSERVATION – This program encompasses the history of falconry and the rarely known fact that falconers pioneered the raptor conservation we know today. This is a great program for older students as well as adults that touch on a facet of topics such as biology, governmental policy, history and cultural heritage. A truly interdisciplinary approach to why we are fortunate enough to enjoy raptor species such as the Peregrine Falcon.





Outreach and Corporate Events

Have a festival, outreach or corporate event you would like to make more interesting? Invite a raptor! Nothing inspires visitors more than seeing a live raptor up close.





Falconry/Raptor Experiences

As of Feb. 19, 2018 the Flying Team is grounded due to springtime windy conditions and in order to moult.

BASIC RAPTOR EXPERIENCE (1 hour) – This experience allows you to experience a free flying hawk up close all while learning about the natural history of their wild counterparts. 


This is a hands-on learning experience using a free flying hawk. This is for those who would like a little more detail on the aspects of falconry. Learn a few basics about training a raptor to hunt cooperatively with a human.


Join us in the field to experience falconry while hunting in the fields of Northern Arizona.


Learn captive raptor management and raptor husbandry including housing, diet and basic medical issues. Followed by falconry methods of training using operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, weight management and equipment making and instruction. Federal and State regulations will be covered.


About Us

We are a non-profit organization that is devoted to the conservation and understanding of raptor species worldwide. Our mission is to make the world a better place for raptors through education and science. Our vision is to improve awareness and appreciation of raptors by providing a variety of educational programs to the public. We offer falconry experiences and hunting excursions using trained raptors in order for the public to not only enjoy these beautiful birds up close but to have a better understanding of the role in our ecosystem as an apex predator.

The ancient culture of Falconry has played a pioneering role in raptor conservation and the Center will conserve that heritage through ethical practices and education. We provide presentations about the history for Falconry and workshops for those who wish to explore the culture for themselves.

Our ultimate vision for the Center is to be specialty center devoted to raptor species from all over the world for the public to visit and enjoy. 

Michele Losee – Executive Director

Raptor Ecologist and Master Falconer

 Guinevere, my first Red-tailed Hawk

Guinevere, my first Red-tailed Hawk

I am a raptor ecologist, master falconer and a PhD Candidate at Antioch University New England with research focusing on Golden Eagle population dynamics for the entire state of Arizona. Additionally, I hold a BS in Biology and a MS in Environmental Policy and Management.

For the more than 15 years, I have been involved in raptor rehabilitation, conservation and public education with various organizations. 

I love all things raptor. I am a raptor ecologist and master falconer. When I am not studying raptors, I am flying raptors in the fields of Northern Arizona and when not doing that, I am educating the public about raptors. I love all animals, especially birds, but I have decided to devote my entire life to making the world a better place for raptors. I founded the International Raptor and Falconry Center as decade long desire to fulfill that goal. 


Rena Dearden - President


June 2018-2021

Playing an active role in Danae's ambition in becoming a falconer and avian veterinarian, I am thrilled to take on the role of President of IRFC! 



Secretary - Diane Welch
Falconer and Educator

  Diane with her female Red-tailed Hawk, Autumn and her hunting dog, Smitty

Diane with her female Red-tailed Hawk, Autumn and her hunting dog, Smitty

March 2017 - 2020

Treasurer jodi Nicholson

 Photo and Bio coming soon! 

June 2018-2021

Jodi comes to IRFC as an accountant and great love of crunching numbers! 


IRFC’s Youth Ambassador!

 Danae with Finley

Danae with Finley


We cannot think of a better young person to champion our mission and inspire young people to care about raptors as well as lead the future generation of raptor conservationists. She is a leader beyond her years and we have no doubt she will carrying out the mission of making the world a better place for raptors with conviction.

According to Rena, Danae’s mother, “she has always loved and enjoyed birds and held that interest above all else.  She incorporates birds into just about everything from drawing, clay art, costumes, stories she writes, etc.  She aspires to be a falconer, ornithologist and rescuer. She has been studying hard and learning faster and harder than any 8-year-old.  She learns through playing factual trivia games, reading books, wonderful mentors and anywhere she can gain nuggets of knowledge.  She loves to share her knowledge with anyone who will lend an ear.”

Danae has shown a passion for raptors and strong interest in caring for them that can’t seem to be squashed. Her maturity and desire to learn is quite impressive. When she is old enough to start her falconry apprenticeship, which I’m sure will come no later than exactly ON her 12th birthday, it will be an honor for me (Michele) to sponsor her and witness her join the ranks of the very few female falconers.

Danae has already planned her first fundraiser for IRFC. She was the force behind our Hot Cocoa and Raptors event in Sedona, AZ. 

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