Finley is a male American Kestrel that was 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 the 'eagle-sized' attitudes!
He began his training in July. He will be traveling all over Northern Arizona educating the public about American Kestrels, when not hunting grasshoppers of course. He is the ambassador to his wild counterparts, which are a 'Species of Conservation Concern' due to a declining population in North America. His first official education 'gig' was August 19th at Willow Bend Education Center.
1.New anklets 2. Fresh off the plane! 3. On the job already at 4 weeks old! 4. Some playtime!
Finley has had a very busy first six-months of life! He caught grasshoppers with Danae, traveled to his first North American Falconers Association Meet in Kearney, NE, he has stayed in hotels in five states, hung out in many parks, quality checked the cookies for our Hot Cocoa and Raptors event and prank called people with our Secretary and his Auntie Diane Welch! The boy does love his smartphone!
Clink the link to view Finley's very own YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZswU4yU1-bZ22DlLTcvnc8HZZnApwlQe
Finley's first flying season! 2017
Finley is currently on 'feed-up' in order to moult into his big boy feathers. He will be back on the flying team this summer! Stay tuned!
Kieran (kee-rawn) is a male Harris Hawk hatched March 25, 2017. Kieran, which means 'little dark one' in gaelic, will be educating the public all about raptors as apex predators through falconry. He began his training in July; however, by the end of July he was very sick with a severe respiratory infection that nearly cost him his life. He fought hard and we fought hard for him by providing intense medical treatments. We are happy to announce, not only did he survive and without any permanent lung/air sac damage, but he caught his first rabbit on Christmas Eve!
Click the link to see Kieran's very own YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZswU4yU1-bb5tUbJLBAG_L_8kLEz_q2F
Cleared for training in early November! Yay!!
Kieran's first flying season! 2017 and still going strong into 2018!
Kieran went to his first NAFA Meet this year in Kearney, NE and traveled to five different states. This boy fought hard and is living the dream! We love you Kieran!
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