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🦅Early flying season is coming super soon and you help get these birds into shape and flying strong by booking an experience.

⌛️Discount codes must be entered and are only good for experiences scheduled to take place September 25 - October 30, 2019. There must be at least 2 participants.

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Meet Leroy!

Leroy flying the fields of Northern Arizona  Photo credit: Shutterfairy Images

Leroy flying the fields of Northern Arizona

Photo credit: Shutterfairy Images

We would like to introduce Leroy! He is six-year-old male Harris Hawk from Lincoln, NE. In April 2018, we were approached to provide a loving family when his current falconer could no longer hunt with him in the fields of Nebraska due to knee surgery. We were honored and thrilled to be chosen as Leroy's new family! He is very loved and a just a little spoiled by his family and friends.

Leroy is an experienced hunter and is just about the sweetest little boy ever. Leroy is now flying the fields of Northern Arizona looking for rabbits!. He is doing our Raptor and Falconry Experiences so be sure to book an experience to meet him.

 
 
Leroy on the hunt in Northern Arizona!   Photo credit: Shutterfairy Images

Leroy on the hunt in Northern Arizona!

Photo credit: Shutterfairy Images

Harris Hawks

Harris Hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus) are native to the southern portions of the Southwest states, Central America and South America. This means they are a warm climate species so, they have different adaptations such as lacking feathers on their lower legs. Harris Hawks are unique due to their social behaviors such as hunting in ‘family groups’ very much like a pack of wolves. This characteristic makes Harris Hawks very popular with falconers; however, do not be fooled into thinking they are ‘easy birds’ to fly. Because they are social, this brings a complex set of challenges for falconers … for example females can become quite aggressive if not trained correctly.


Free flying

We free fly all our birds! Every single bird on our flying team is flown on a regular basis during the falconry season. As predators, it is very important for the hunting birds to do just that…HUNT. This keeps them psychologically and physically fit. Every spring the Flying Team goes up for ‘the moult’. This is a time when they drop old, worn feathers and grow new ones. This is very energy intensive so, they are fed as much as they want of high quality food and supplements. This is also the time our food bill goes way up!

Leroy flying to the glove   Photo credit: Shutterfairy Images

Leroy flying to the glove

Photo credit: Shutterfairy Images


Leroy is just a kid in a bird’s body!

Leroy is just a kid in a bird’s body!

We love our birds!

Leroy is a particularly social bird and is happiest when he is literally in the middle of family activities. All our birds are treated like family and admittedly are quite spoiled at times. At IRFC, our birds’ well-being always comes first and every single decision we make is in their best interest. They work hard for us so, we love them harder!

 

Watch Leroy Videos!!

at two-weeks-old

at two-weeks-old

at three-weeks-old

at three-weeks-old

MEET FINLEY!!

Welcome to the world Finley!

Welcome to the world Finley!

Finley is a male American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) hatched on June 7, 2017. 

When he was born, he only weighed 10g! That is a third of an ounce...that is tiny! Do not assume this tiny falcon is tiny in personality; Kestrels are notorious for their 'eagle-sized' attitudes! Finley does not disappoint in the personality department! He is full of it; in fact, his name means ‘fighter’ in gaelic.

American Kestrels are North America’s smallest falcon species and mostly found in open grasslands. They prey on insects, small rodents and birds. American Kestrels are experiencing a considerable decline in their populations across North America for reasons still unknown. They have declined by 60% in Northern Arizona. We are part of the American Kestrel Nest Box Partnership in order to encourage the public install nest boxes and to educate people about this species.

Finley preparing for his presentation for our American Kestrel Partnership!

Finley preparing for his presentation for our American Kestrel Partnership!

Finley travels all over Northern Arizona educating the public about American Kestrels, when not hunting grasshoppers of course. Finley is an expert grasshopper slayer and loves flying the fields of Northern Arizona. You should join him!!

If you would like to help Finley’s wild counterparts put up a nest box! Go to the resource section of this website for plans or contact us for a complete kit for a $25 donation. All you have to do is put it together…even the screws are included.


Finley’s second flying season! 2018/2019


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Quinn taking off!

Quinn taking off!

Quinn with Michele looking for jackrabbits.

Quinn with Michele looking for jackrabbits.

Meet Quinn!

Quinn is a female dark-morph Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis). She is the newest member of the IRFC Flying Team! She came to us in December 2018 from another falconer who had time constraints due to starting graduate school. We are her 4th home so, we are thrilled to be her forever loving family and will keep this ‘Beasty Princess’ busy in her new job! She was wild trapped by her first falconer as a ‘brancher’ in Utah in spring of 2014 so, Quinn will be five-years-old this spring. She is considered a ‘soft imprint’. This means she knows she is a hawk but was exposed to humans at a young age; therefore, has a fondness for human company as well. She is a dark-morph so, she does not look like a typical Ferruginous Hawk…she is darker! This is a genetic mutation.

Ferruginous Hawks are super cool! They are our largest hawk (Buteo) species in North America and are considered a specialist. They have a narrow range that encompasses the western North American prairies. They prey almost exclusively on prairie dogs, which is why they have such small feet for their massive body size. You cannot have big feet if you need to catch prairie dogs in their holes!

Weighing in at nearly 1900g, which is nearly five pounds, Quinn is a BIG girl! Which is why we lovingly call her the ‘Beasty Princess’.

The Ferruginous Hawk is a ‘Species of Conservation Concern’. This means this is a species at risk! This mostly due to their narrow range and the lack of research data on this species.

Northern Arizona is lucky enough to be one of the few regions that has this species year-round. You will have to come meet this special Beasty Princess in person at one of our events or book one of our experiences!

Quinn, the bed bug, while staying in a hotel for a jackrabbit hawking trip.

Quinn, the bed bug, while staying in a hotel for a jackrabbit hawking trip.

She hates having her photo taken.

She hates having her photo taken.

Stay tuned!

Quinn will be on duty for our raptor and falconry experiences in the fall. Quinn is a very sweet girl but Ferruginous Hawks are notorious for being stubborn and their difficulties in training. We hope she will be our jackrabbit hawk in addition to educating the public about her super cool species! She is on duty now for education programs and outreach.

Check back because we will have more/better photos as well as videos of Quinn. Also, you can meet her through booking one of our experiences and/or programs!

MEET CORAL!!

Coral as a juvenile in Newent, Gloucestershire, UK (2011)

Coral as a juvenile in Newent, Gloucestershire, UK (2011)

Coral is an 8-year-old, female Harris Hawk. She is captive bred and born in Gloucestershire UK. Yep, a native species from the Southwest USA originally from Britain...weird indeed. She has traveled all over since arriving in America, all the while educating and showing off to the public from New England to Northern Arizona. When not flying around the fields of Northern Arizona, she LOVES her doing her job educating the public about her wild counterparts. 

Now that Finley, Leroy and Quinn are trained in their jobs, Coral is somewhat retired from public life. She will do some educational programs as needed. For the most part she is just Michele’s personal hunting bird.

Coral hunting a big spider in the historic rock fences/walls in New Hampshire. (2014)

Coral hunting a big spider in the historic rock fences/walls in New Hampshire. (2014)

Coral's first hunt in Massachusetts (2014) She caught her New Year's Day bunny in this same field (2015)

Coral's first hunt in Massachusetts (2014) She caught her New Year's Day bunny in this same field (2015)

Coral flying in Northern Arizona! (2016)  PHOTO: by Jackie Klieger

Coral flying in Northern Arizona! (2016)

PHOTO: by Jackie Klieger

Coral celebrating Red Rock State Park's 25th year. (2016)  PHOTO: by Jackie Klieger

Coral celebrating Red Rock State Park's 25th year. (2016)

PHOTO: by Jackie Klieger

Enjoying the sun and 500+ children at City of Sedona's Celebration of Spring (2016)  PHOTO: by Jackie Klieger

Enjoying the sun and 500+ children at City of Sedona's Celebration of Spring (2016)

PHOTO: by Jackie Klieger

Looking for squirrels in the ponderosa pine forests of Northern Arizona 2017

Looking for squirrels in the ponderosa pine forests of Northern Arizona 2017

Squirrel Hawking 2018

Squirrel Hawking 2018

Coral ‘squirrel’ hawking at 2018 NAU STEM Celebration. With Albert the Abert squirrel - Mascot for Flagstaff Open Space and STEM City

Coral ‘squirrel’ hawking at 2018 NAU STEM Celebration. With Albert the Abert squirrel - Mascot for Flagstaff Open Space and STEM City

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