Hot Cocoa and Raptors
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Hot Cocoa and Raptors

Youth Ambassador, Danae is hosting

a Meet and Greet fundraiser!


Finely, Kieran and even Coral will be in attendance!

There will be a coloring contest with prizes. 
Door prizes and a raffle. 

Entry is free - Please remember this is a fundraiser. 
$8 for a hot cocoa and cookie ticket


What a beautiful place to come and drink hot cocoa, eat cookies and hangout with some pretty cool raptors!

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Raptor ID Workshop
Nov
5
8:00 AM08:00

Raptor ID Workshop

Come spend the morning learning about raptors and techniques that will help you find and ID them! We will briefly cover the ecology of raptors most commonly found in Northern Arizona. Knowing their ecology helps you find them! Then once you have found them, we cover ID strategies. Then off to practice your new skills!

We will meet in at 8am for an hour long presentation and then leave immediately after to test your new skills in the field. 

Donation: $25

Limited to 15 people 

 

Sign up here!!
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Happy OWLoween!
Oct
31
4:30 PM16:30

Happy OWLoween!

 

The evening will start with a presentation on the nine regularly occurring species of Owl in Northern Arizona. Following the presentation, we will go looking and listening for Owls at various hot spots in the Flagstaff area. Target species will include Northern Pygmy-Owl, Northern Saw-Whet Owl, Western Screech-Owl, and Great Horned Owl.

Meet at AZGFD Building at 4:30 pm and leave by 5:45pm to find owls until about 10-11pm. 
Donation: $25 per person

The group will be limited to 15 people. The last time we did this event it filled up fast with a long wait list so, register soon! 

Sign UP here!
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FALCONRY 101
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

FALCONRY 101

Curious about Falconry? This workshop encompasses the history of falconry, governmental policy and federal and state falconry regulations as well as an introduction to basic raptor biology and training raptors for falconry. Get a rare glimpse into this unique and ancient culture called Falconry. Live raptors will be used for demonstrations.

Cost: $20 per person

Location will be provided upon registration. The location is in the Flagstaff area. 

Those attending this workshop will receive 50% off a Basic Raptor Experience session that will be held directly after this workshop. 

To register please go to the "Book a Program" section of our website and select 'Falconry 101'

If you have any questions please email: michele@raptorfalconrycenter.org

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Finley's Debut 50% off Donation
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Finley's Debut 50% off Donation

This is not really a true event but it is special! October 7th is not only Finley's first Raptor Experience session but it is his FOUR Month birthday! He turns four months old this Saturday so, come spend an hour with him! At this time we only have two spots remaining. 

To sign up go to our home page and scroll down to our calendar. Choose his event and register! It's that easy. 

 

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Festival of Science - Raptor Field Trip - Picture Canyon - FULL - Waitlist Only
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

Festival of Science - Raptor Field Trip - Picture Canyon - FULL - Waitlist Only

  • Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is FULL! 

This filed trip is lead by Trevor Hinckley, a birding expert and NAZ Audubon's Picture Canyon Steward. We will walk along the Rio in the Canyon looking for birds in this important riparian habitat. Resident and migrating raptors including Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrels and Turkey Vultures as well as other birds species. Special attention will be paid to the American Kestrel, our smallest and most colorful falcon. Bring binoculars, water, snacks and field guide if you have one. Dress according to the weather and wear proper outdoor shoes. 

Spaces are limited to RSVP soon! Michele@raptorfalconrycenter.org

DIRECTIONS

Take I-17 to eastbound I-40 in Flagstaff
Take exit 201 (Country Club) and turn left onto Country Club Blvd.
At the intersection with Highway 89 North, turn right
At the second signal, turn right onto Marketplace and travel about one mile to the T intersection with Test Place
Turn right, and at the next stop sign, turn left onto old Route 66
Drive 1.2 mile and turn left onto El Paso Flagstaff Rd.

You will see a sign for the Wildcat Water Treatment Plant. Stay on this road, which curves to the right around the water treatment plant property. There will be a parking lot on your right where the main trailhead is.

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Festival of Science - Exploring Falconry Workshop - FULL - Waitlist Only
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Festival of Science - Exploring Falconry Workshop - FULL - Waitlist Only

This program encompasses the history of falconry and the rarely known fact that falconers pioneered the raptor conservation we know today. This is a great program for older students as well as adults that touch on a facet of topics such as biology, governmental policy, history and cultural heritage. A truly interdisciplinary approach to why we are fortunate enough to enjoy some raptor species such as the Peregrine Falcon. Included will be hands-on equipment making and demonstrations as well as a couple of live raptors to demonstrate training in action. NOTE: For Navajo children, there will be NO owls used.
Best for 14-year-olds and older. Parents/adults welcome!

Limited to 10 people so sign up soon! Michele@raptorfalconrycenter.org

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Rad-Raptors at Willow Bend Education Center!
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Rad-Raptors at Willow Bend Education Center!

  • Willow Bend Environmental Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Willow Bend and International Raptor & Falconry Center to discover why raptors are so amazing!  Participants will learn about raptor biology and ecology as well as conservation issues facing Northern Arizona’s raptors. Experience a live American Kestrel and Harris Hawk up close and learn a little about the ancient culture of falconry. There will be plenty of time during the Q & A session to ask lots of questions and get your picture taken with the birds, so bring your cameras!

Proceeds from program fees go directly to support Willow Bend and International Raptor & Falconry Center. Cost $5/participant. FREE to Willow Bend members.

Limited spots! Sign up to secure your spot: http://www.willowbendcenter.org/family-science

(p.s Be sure to follow the Kestrel Chronicles! We will update everyone on the baby Kestrel’s development and training progress. August 19th will be his debut so, join the fun!)

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Finley's Baby Shower Fundraiser!
Aug
6
11:00 AM11:00

Finley's Baby Shower Fundraiser!

Join us in welcoming this little bundle of feathers, named Finley, to the world. Finley is a male American Kestrel hatched on June 7, 2017. Just like any new human baby, he requires special ‘things’. Not only will this fundraiser provide the necessary micro equipment for the tiniest falcon in North America but also we will have a demonstration on the distinctive equipment required for kestrels used in falconry.

Prior and during the shower, there will be baby gift registry that guests can look over necessities, including its cost, and decide on a gift for the baby kestrel.  While enjoying food and drinks, we will have a brief overview of falconry, then right into how the equipment is used.

Finally, we will introduce everyone to Finley, the guest of honor! We will talk about how we train her for falconry and education. We will do a training demonstration to show off what he has learned so far. He will only be two months old but guests might be surprised how fast this little package of power develops skills to survive in the big world.

We will also discuss the American Kestrel natural history and the conservation dilemma that his wild counterparts are facing. We will end the presentation with a Q&A session and an opportunity to see him up close and to take photos.

We will do a gift presentation and thanking those who contributed to the benefit of such a precious personality.

At this moment there is no cost to attend but hope you will consider buying a baby gift or making a donation. 

Gift registry is coming soon! Or you can see the items at the shower. 

Please RSVP Below! 

Name *
Name

PLEASE NOTE!!!

THIS IS AT THE EASTSIDE LOCATION!!! 

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Jun
4
3:00 PM15:00

Adult Workshop: Birding 101

  • Williow Bend Environmental Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trevor Hinckley, IRFC Director, is co-teaching this great workshop!! If you want to learn from the best, this is your chance!! 

The workshop will cover basic birding skills using sight, sounds, behavior and habitat, review birding ethics, demonstrate a number of birding research methods, and provide opportunities for involvement with local citizen science birding efforts.

During the first part of the workshop participants will learn the basics of bird identification, how to properly use binoculars, how to use a bird field guide book, and where to find the best birding spots. In addition, a presentation about local bird research efforts will include radio telemetry and bird banding demonstrations. During the second part, participants will go out into the field (Rio Wetlands) with local birding experts and apply what they have learned.

Workshop will be led by expert birder and Northern Arizona Audubon Society board member, Trevor Hinckley and Brenda Strohmeyer, Supervisory Biological Technician/CE Coordinator with the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Workshop is recommended for adults and children 10 years and older.

Cost: $15/general public, $10/Willow Bend and Audubon members and students. Workshop fees go directly to support Willow Bend and International Raptor & Falconry Center

To secure your spot please register through link below:

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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Guest Speaker for Northern Arizona Audubon Society

  • Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Michele will be presenting The Genesis of Raptor Conservation at the NAZ Audubon membership meeting in Sedona and Flagstaff. After an hour-long PowerPoint presentation, Coral will be conducting an informal Q&A session. 

You do not have to be a member to attend, NAZ Audubon meetings are open to the public and FREE. 

Falconry is the ancient culture of hunting small mammals and birds using trained raptors. Although there is some disparity, it is speculated that falconry dates back as far as 4000 - 6000 BC in Mongolia, Egypt or Southeast Asia. Falconry is mostly regarded to the times of Medieval England and the sport of Nobility. Presently, falconry is highly regulated and requires serious commitment in acquiring permits and the discipline to train a raptor to hunting cooperatively with the falconer. There is an estimated 4,000 falconers in the United States that hold permits, with even fewer that are active.

Falconers are often at the core of the raptor breeding projects and re-introductions as well as raptor biology and conservation. Falconers, with other biologists, were the driving force and knowledge that brought the Peregrine Falcon from the brink of extinction. The mid-1960’s, this collaboration, would mark an unprecedented time in raptor conservation history with the formation of the Peregrine Fund and Raptor Research Fund. The return of the Peregrine Falcon and the Bald Eagle are two of the greatest conservation success stories of the new millennium. Raptor propagation was a matter of science: artificial insemination and incubating eggs in a laboratory but the species success depended on the traditional ecological knowledge of the falconers.

This ancient practice facilitates a unique relationship between raptors and humans through mutual respect and trust. For over four thousand years, falconry remains steeped in tradition; and, it is through this tradition and knowledge of raptor behavior and hunting strategies that the falconer gains a rare glimpse into the behavioral ecology of this secretive predator.

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May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Guest Speaker for Northern Arizona Audubon

Michele will be presenting The Genesis of Raptor Conservation at the NAZ Audubon membership meeting in Sedona and Flagstaff. After an hour-long PowerPoint presentation, Coral will be conducting an informal Q&A session. 

You do not have to be a member to attend, NAZ Audubon meetings are open to the public and FREE. 

Falconry is the ancient culture of hunting small mammals and birds using trained raptors. Although there is some disparity, it is speculated that falconry dates back as far as 4000 - 6000 BC in Mongolia, Egypt or Southeast Asia. Falconry is mostly regarded to the times of Medieval England and the sport of Nobility. Presently, falconry is highly regulated and requires serious commitment in acquiring permits and the discipline to train a raptor to hunting cooperatively with the falconer. There is an estimated 4,000 falconers in the United States that hold permits, with even fewer that are active.

Falconers are often at the core of the raptor breeding projects and re-introductions as well as raptor biology and conservation. Falconers, with other biologists, were the driving force and knowledge that brought the Peregrine Falcon from the brink of extinction. The mid-1960’s, this collaboration, would mark an unprecedented time in raptor conservation history with the formation of the Peregrine Fund and Raptor Research Fund. The return of the Peregrine Falcon and the Bald Eagle are two of the greatest conservation success stories of the new millennium. Raptor propagation was a matter of science: artificial insemination and incubating eggs in a laboratory but the species success depended on the traditional ecological knowledge of the falconers.

This ancient practice facilitates a unique relationship between raptors and humans through mutual respect and trust. For over four thousand years, falconry remains steeped in tradition; and, it is through this tradition and knowledge of raptor behavior and hunting strategies that the falconer gains a rare glimpse into the behavioral ecology of this secretive predator.

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