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 globally. We offer raptor and falconry experiences 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.

We are not a roadside tourist attraction!! We are making a difference…
Northern Arizona is in desperate need of a raptor rehabilitation center that specializes in raptor medicine. Currently, Northern Arizona raptors that get themselves into trouble have nowhere to go to get competent medical attention. In addition, the closest avian veterinarian is three hours away; therefore, even our healthy birds have to endure a six-hour round trip just for a simple check-up. Our major goal for the Center is to build a state-of-the-art avian hospital for injured/sick raptors to seek treatment and to have a teaching facility for those that are specializing in raptor medicine.

To see a little bit of our research work, please check out our collaborator’s website: https://hoyiwan.wixsite.com/website/collaborators?fbclid=IwAR217uf9vueC0ko_bhggfGuZBSSN-OKu0mcf51zYi7yCvJC0WUQSCHKm4Ao

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, Phd – Executive Director

Raptor Ecologist and Master Falconer

PHOTO CREDIT: Cathy Wyatt - Shutterfairy Images

PHOTO CREDIT: Cathy Wyatt - Shutterfairy Images

I am a master falconer and raptor ecologist with research focusing on Golden Eagle population dynamics and nesting ecology in Arizona. Additionally, I hold a PhD in Environmental Studies, MS in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, a MS in Environmental Policy and Management and BS in Biology.

For more than 17 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 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.


Rena Dearden - President

PHOTO CREDIT: Cathy Wyatt - Shutterfairy Images

PHOTO CREDIT: Cathy Wyatt - 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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