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 of 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
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 more than 15 years, I have been involved in raptor rehabilitation, conservation and public education with various organizations.
I love all things raptor. 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rena Dearden - President
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
March 2017 - 2020
Treasurer jodi Nicholson
Jodi comes to IRFC as an accountant and great love of crunching numbers!
IRFC’s Youth Ambassador!
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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