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 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
We would like to introduce Leroy! He is a new addition to the IRFC flying team. He is five-year-old male Harris Hawk and came 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 to be Leroy's new family! He will be loved and a just a little spoiled by his new family and friends.
Leroy is an experienced hunter and is just about the sweetest little boy ever. Leroy will be flying the fields of Northern Arizona looking for rabbits this fall. He will be doing our Raptor and Falconry Experiences so be sure to sign up to meet him.
His first year...is he not the cutest boy?!
This handsome boy is an Arizona bird now!
March 25, 2017 - March 22, 2018
Sadly on March 22, 2018 we lost our precious Kieran to a reaction to a drug called Panacur. He died in my arms while racing to the vet two and half hours away.
He had to have been one of the most loved Harris Hawks on the planet. Everyone close to him is having a very hard time with his death...especially me. I will never forget all of his cheerleaders and how everyone at the AZ Meet screamed and cheered as he was presented with his first game pin. I sure hope he knew how much he was loved. We will miss him terribly.
Please continue to read below about Kieran's very short but special time with us. This senseless and tragic loss has given us a deeper motivation to bring avian medicine to Northern Arizona. If Kieran had the option of going to an avian vet as he was crashing, he might have had a chance to survive. We will never know. He was just three days shy of his first birthday.
Soon a memorial fund will be formed in his name in an effort to bring this needed service to the raptors of Northern Arizona,
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
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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