Welcome to the International Association for Falconry
Our organization is dedicated to the preservation of the ancient art of falconry, a hunting tradition defined as 'taking quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of trained birds of prey'. Preserving falconry involves maintaining not only the traditional culture that builds practical skills of empathy with animals, but also the conservation of raptors and their prey through preservation of natural habitats. We therefore encourage falconry within the context of sustainable use of wildlife.
We also promote ecological studies and veterinary research on birds of prey and, where appropriate, domestic breeding of raptors for falconry, including such species as Peregrine falcons, Goshawks, Saker and Gyr falcons and all other species of raptors in whatever part of the world they may be used for falconry and hunting.
In our site, you will find pages on the history of falconry and its role in conservation, its contribution to culture as well as details of how modern falconry is practised. You can visit our extensive Global Membership list, and read about our worldwide activities in the IAF Newsletter.
IAF is an accredited NGO providing advisory services to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee (NGO-90006) and an accredited member of IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The Art of Falconry: Special limited edition of former IAF President Patrick Morel's master work
Patrick is a consummate master falconer and a wonderful servant to world falconry. Patrick supported Christian de Coune through his Presidency of the IAF as Executive Secretary and went on to be the President himself. Few others have this depth of insight into both the practice of ‘hunting falconry’ as well as the political work needed to ensure that falconers can continue to take the field. The Art of Falconry is a beautiful book which feasts the eye. It is a modern treatise on the principles and philosophy which underlie the practice of falconry. It is exquisite; the product of a life spent pursuing that dream of all falconers: to attain the perfect flight. This book, in its beauty and wisdom, will help the reader along that path.
Adrian Lombard President October 2015
Membership and Subscription
The IAF currently offers 4 types of membership to clubs and organizations; for full details please see: Statute Page
To apply please go to: Membership Form.
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47th IAF Council of Delegates
The 47th IAF Council of Delegates Meeting will be held in the very south of Ireland from 13th to 20th November 2016 by invitation of the The Irish Hawking Club. The IAF Meetings will be held in Sneem, Co. Kerry in the early part of the week, where hawking will take place everyday. The latter part of the week we will all move to Co. Westmeath in the Irish Midlands for more hawking and a conference on the sustainable use of wildlife. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Don Ryan.
After filling in the registration form, please go to the event website where you will find details of the location, transport, booking accommodation and the programme of events. http://www.internationalfalconrymeetireland.com
We would encourage you to book all travel and accommodation as soon as is convenient.
NB please bear in mind that, if you are attending both venues, you may need to fly in to Cork and out from Dublin.
For those planning to bring hunting hawks, you will need a falconry licence from the Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service. This is obtainable here
Please contact us if you need assistance with this. This website will be updated in the coming months so please check back every now and again.
The registration fee for IAF delegates, Official IAF Member Club Representatives and any Member of a National Falconry Club affiliated to the IAF, is €80.
For all others not affiliated to the IAF or members of a Falconry club not affiliated to the IAF, the registration fee is €120.
To pay this fee, please select one of the options below:
PAYPAL €80 PAYPAL €120
Alternatively there is International bank transfer:
IBAN: IE17 ULSB 9885 7010 3685 89
BIC: ULSB IE 2D
Ulster Bank Address:
100 Clanbrassil St, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland
Finally, once you have fully registered and have paid the registration fee, please find us on Facebook (International Falconry Meet Ireland) and join our growing Facebook community.
After the shocking scenes of widespread slaughter of Amur falcons in Nagaland 2012-14 in the north east of India, the Wildlife Trust of India and other NGOs in cooperation with federal and regional authorities, have successfully persuaded the trappers to stop this unsustainable activity by encouraging stockholder involvement in their conservation. To read more click the link to the WTI website.
Please support this petition
UK MEP Catherine Bearder has been very active in the campaign against veterinary use of diclofenac in Europe. This drug was responsible for wiping out 95% of Asian vulture populations as well as many thousands of eagles and other opportunistic carrion eaters. It has recently been licensed for use in Europe, whose own vulture populations are already perilously endanged. One meal on a carcass that had been given diclofenac before its death is enough to kill a vulture. Mrs. Bearder has started an online petition with the following declaration:
"The European Commission must take action to ban the use of diclofenac, a veterinary drug that is decimating the EU's population of vultures and eagles in Europe. The drug is used as a painkiller and antibiotic for livestock, but it's highly poisonous for birds of prey who feed on the carcasses of farmed animals. In the 1990s, vulture populations in the Indian subcontinent plummeted by 95% as a result of this drug. As a result it has now been banned in India, Pakistan and Nepal. The science is clear; the European Medical agency found last year that the use of diclofenac poses a risk to European vultures. Yet despite the policy of the precautionary principle it is still approved for use in European countries with threatened vulture populations, including Italy and Spain. Even though there are cheap alternatives available. I am calling on the European Commission to put in place an EU-wide ban on this drug which poses a risk to European wildlife. Please help stop the decline of already vulnerable European vulture and eagle populations before it is too late. Sign this petition to show your support for banning diclofenac in the EU now."
IAF members and, in fact, all falconers, should sign this petition. IAF is a falconry organization. It is also a conservation organization. We are concerned with the conservation of all raptors and with the species we encounter in the areas we use. Vultures are the group of raptors which are of most conservation concern at present .The IAF has the role of global advocacy for falconry and we make claims that falconry is of merit because of the positive influences which it has on conservation. This sort of claim needs to be supported by evidence.
School Links Program. Annual Newsletter
The School Links Programme (SLP) was established as part of the Mongolian Artificial Nest Project to teach local children why five thousand artificial nests were erected on the Mongolian Steppe in 2010.
Another poisoning threat
The levels of killings of elephants in Africa and trafficking in their ivory remain alarmingly high, with poachers deliberately using poisons. For every elephant and rhino that is poisoned, hundreds if not thousands of scavengers will die as well. From eagles and vultures to hyena’s, jackals, ibis, cattle egrets and so on. By stopped the horrific slaughter of Africa’s large animals the knock on effect will benefit many many other species. Vultures are now the most critically endangered group of birds in the world, higher now in status than even the Albatros family. Without vultures and other scavengers Africa will become a place rife with disease, all to give someone ivory or rhino horn, and for what reason one asks
Launch of the promotional video of the Bern Convention
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Recent & Next IAF Events
26th International Ornithological CongressTokyo, Japan
61st CIC General AssemblyMilan, Italy
High quality hand made silk tie with designs by Hoynck van Papendrecht (19th century) – falcon, goshawk, hood and lure.
2015 IAF Calendar
Community Conservation Research Network
Many in IAF are already interested in the work of the Community Conservation Research Network. Their new websitefocusses on the links between Communities, Conservation and Livelihoods. See details in their latest newsletter.
Conference: Women and Sustainable Hunting Education
The Artemis Working Group of the CIC has initiated the 2012 Conference "Women and Sustainable Hunting" in Bratislava, Slovakia. The third WASH conference has been announced for July 2-3, 2016, in Wageningen-The Netherlands, in collaboration with the International Association of Falconry and Conservation of birds of prey. The shared conference mission is to convey hunting traditions to future generations through education, species protection, conservation and sustainability and the Conference Goal is to create awareness and public support for nature education through falconers and hunters. Read more here...
Logo Contest: Falconry Intangible Cultural Heritage
Falconry was added to the lists of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage on 16th November 2010. There are many events, publications and exhibitions related to the Falconry as International Cultural Heritage (FICH).
IAF is announcing a competition for the design of a logo to help us to show the global aspects of falconry culture and heritage. It will be used to promote the “Falconry, living heritage” as well as to unite falconers of the world around this idea. The logo will be used by falconers, falconry organisations and groups who agree to the rules. IAF will hold the copyright and retain a right to deny usage of the FICH logo by any person or organisation if there is suspicion of misusing it or using it against falconry. The rules may be found by clicking here.
The Contest Committee will make a first selection, which will go under public voting and the final decision will be made by the IAF President. The winner will receive the books “Falconry - Celebrating a Living Heritage” by Dr Javier Ceballos signed by author and a limited edition copy of "Art of Falconry" by Patrick Morel, signed by author.
The deadline for submitting the logo proposals is 1st May 2016. The final decision will be made by 1st of October 2016. The logo will be officially presented at the IAF AGM in Ireland in 2016.