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MEET FINLEY!!

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.


Finley’s second flying season! 2018/2019


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Finley's first flying season! 2017

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 his Auntie Diane Welch! The boy does love his smartphone! 

 Finley preparing for his presentation for our American Kestrel Partnership!

Finley preparing for his presentation for our American Kestrel Partnership!


LEROY!!

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 is now flying the fields of Northern Arizona looking for rabbits!. He is doing our Raptor and Falconry Experiences so be sure to book an experience to meet him.

  Leroy as a juvenile. Isn’t he the cutest boy ever?!?

Leroy as a juvenile. Isn’t he the cutest boy ever?!?

  This handsome boy is an Arizona bird now!

This handsome boy is an Arizona bird now!

Watch Leroy Videos!!

 

KIERAN
March 25, 2017 - March 22, 201

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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

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 A cool spritz of water while enjoying some Northern Arizona sunshine!

A cool spritz of water while enjoying some Northern Arizona sunshine!

Cleared for training in early November! Yay!!

 Kieran's first rabbit chase....crashed into this shrub after it. Coral is supervising from above. He did earn his first battle scars on his face.

Kieran's first rabbit chase....crashed into this shrub after it. Coral is supervising from above. He did earn his first battle scars on his face.

 Kieran's Christmas Bunny!

Kieran's Christmas Bunny!

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