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 raptor experiences and falconry 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

PHOTO CREDIT: Cathy Wyatt at Shutterfairy Images

PHOTO CREDIT: Cathy Wyatt at Shutterfairy Images

I am a raptor ecologist, master falconer and a PhD Candidate at Antioch University New England with research focusing on Golden Eagle population dynamics 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. 

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.

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.


Rena Dearden - President

PHOTO CREDIT: Cathy Wyatt at Shutterfairy Images

PHOTO CREDIT: Cathy Wyatt at Shutterfairy Images

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 Jeanna Mandeville

September 2018-20121

Jeanna is a local business owner and a seasoned organizational leader!

EMAIL: Jeanna@raptorfalconrycenter.org

Treasurer jodi Nicholson

June 2018-2021

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

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