December 2017 Newsletter
HOT COCOA, COOKIES and RAPTORS!!
DANAE, our Youth Ambassador, is hosting a meet & greet fundraiser
this Saturday, December 9th
Location: Sedona Airport
235 Air Terminal
ENTRY IS FREE - PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS A FUNDRAISER.
$8 FOR A HOT COCOA AND COOKIE TICKET
DOOR PRIZES AND A RAFFLE
What a beautiful place to come and drink hot cocoa, eat cookies and hangout with some pretty cool raptors!
The main story
Come join us on top of Airport Mesa in beautiful Sedona and meet IRFC’s raptors. In attendance will be Finley, the American Kestrel and Kieran and Coral, the Harris Hawks. Enjoy homemade hot cocoa and cookies while experiencing these awesome birds up close. Doesn’t get any better than that! This event is great for both families and adults.
THERE WILL BE A COLORING CONTEST WITH PRIZES.
Danae is hosting a coloring contest for ages 3-12 (age groups are 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12). Each winner will receive a goodie bag and a mini encounter with Finley! Print this image, color and bring it with you or we will have printed copies and a coloring table at the event for you to color it there!
Donate to ‘hold’ Finely or Kieran on your gloved hand and take photos!
About our Youth Ambassador Danae: IRFC 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. Her maturity and desire to learn is quite impressive. When she is old enough to start her falconry apprenticeship, which I’m sure will come no later than exactly ON her 12th birthday, it will be an honor for me (Michele) to sponsor her and witness her join the ranks of the very few female falconers.
Christmas Shopping for Raptors!
You can now help IRFC by just shopping! When doing your Christmas shopping this year on Amazon, just choose IRFC as your charity to support...it is that easy and it does not cost you anything! Direct link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-0696138
SOME GOOD NEWS!!
Arizona Community Foundation Grant
We are excited to report that we applied for our first grant and we were given a partial award! These funds went towards acquiring our two new members of the flying team, Finley and Kieran as well as covering some of the necessary equipment that come with flying a micro falcon such as a kestrel.
We appreciate the Arizona Community Foundation!
We are VERY appreciative of W.L. Gore who funded the largest portion of this grant; without their generosity our mission would be very difficult to fulfill.
FLYING TEAM UPDATE!!
As most of you may know, Kieran had been fighting a complex and severe respiratory infection since arriving to Flagstaff. At only eight months old, this sweet boy has spent nearly half his life fighting for it by going to the vet too many times which is a six-hour round trip drive, enduring no less than four doxycycline injections, several anti-nausea injections, anti-inflammatory injections, X-rays and a CT scan, two blood draws, subcutaneous fluids and a biopsy to take an ‘inside look’ at his air sacs and respiratory system.
Fortunately, the CT scan showed no granulomas or lesions but his lungs did show that they were very inflamed. His bloodwork showed an improvement from his original emergency visit and his nutritional status had greatly improved. His biopsy results showed no more infection and only inflammation. So, what was the problem? Basically, it is still a mystery.
Not only has this been stressful physically for him but mentally it has taken a huge toll on his psychological wellbeing. Over the past few months, he has been man handled for exams and endured long car rides that always end in being at the hospital. I have been working hard on reintroducing him to the world to gain his trust. The end goal is that he is healthy both physically and mentally so, he can do what he was born to do…HUNT!
He is doing ok at the moment, he still gets very short of breath when exerted physically. He has been cleared for training in the hopes that his lungs will heal as he becomes more fit. He still requires breathing treatments twice a day and an anti-inflammatory when his breathing becomes too labored.
Kieran has finally been cleared for training and as of yesterday afternoon his is coming to the glove at a fair distance and should be progressing off his creance (training line) quickly. He will be our hunting experience bird as well as doing raptor/falconry experiences. Stay tuned for his ‘on duty’ status. He is very sweet and will be a lot of fun!
Finley is SIX months old today!! Hard to believe not too long ago we were all waiting impatiently for his arrival. He is now flying free to his lure and gloved hands! Remember if you would like to experience him up close and witness this kid’s flying skills sign up for one of our experiences via our website.
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?
Flagstaff Festival of Science
IRFC participated in Flagstaff Festival of Science! It was a fun, busy week that began with Science in the Park. We had over 400 people visit our table. Finley, Kieran and Coral were all in attendance.
Throughout the FFS weeklong celebration, IRFC visited several elementary schools to conduct presentations focusing on raptor biology and conservation. The birds had fun and it was awesome to see our future generation take an interest in raptors.
The week ended with a Falconry Workshop that filled up in a matter of days with a long waiting list. Cannot wait for next year!
EVENTS! PAST AND FUTURE
Workshops and Outreach
Over the past several months we have offered a variety of workshops such as Falconry 101 and Raptor ID as well as Happy OWLoween.
We have a few more in the planning stages with February being ‘Kestrels in Love’ themed conservation events. Stay tuned for those.
Science on Tap
IRFC and Finley will be guest speaking at Science on Tap at the Green Room on February 15, 2018 in Flagstaff. In line with our Kestrels in Love theme, Finley will be discussing the decline of his wild counterparts and how you can help through Citizen Science and installing nest boxes.