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 Welfare 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.
IAF is also involved in international work to eradicate the illegal trade of wildlife, and is a member of the UNEP/CMS International Task Force on Illegal Killing of Birds in the Mediterranean.
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.
Presidential Message for 2016
The history of modern falconry has, in many ways been written by the fortunes of the Peregrine Falcon. This species is almost synonymous with falconry, certainly Western falconry. Fluctuations in the populations of this resilient and widespread species over the past 60 years and the responses to these fluctuations have determined the practice of modern falconry, the attitudes of others to falconry and, even, the establishment and growth of the IAF. The consideration of down-listing of the Peregrine falcon at the CITES CoP 17 in Johannesburg this year can be seen as bringing this story in full cycle.
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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To make a donation to IAF please use the online facility via PayPal. This can also be used to subscribe as an Individual Subscriber or to pay annual Club Membership dues, in which case please use the online form on the membership page.
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Following the debate on Downlisting of the Peregrine Falcon from CITES Annex 1 to Annex 2, we have permission to publish here the document "Legislative or other Controls Concerning the Conservation and Protection of the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) in Selected Range States". Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
The Black Solitary Eagle
Falconers are a driving force in raptor research, conservation and education efforts. American falconer, Stacia Novy, has published both popular and scientific papers on birds-of-prey, the most recent one "Behavioral Notes and Nesting of the Black Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius) in Belize". The paper was published in "Transactions", the peer-reviewed journal of the Illinois State Academy of Science. This paper was the culmination of a joint internship program among McKendree University, the US Air Force, and The Peregrine Fund. The Black Solitary Eagle is poorly understood and only a handful of peer-reviewed, scientific papers have been written on the species. Stacia is a graduate student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Windfarms not so "Green"
Real Animal Welfare
Raptor rehab - Germany 2016
The IAF Biodiversity Working Group has issued an official statement widespread uncontrolled use of Glyphosate weedkiller. In the discussion on re-registration of this very effective herbicide, one significant effect has not been adequately considered: Glyphosate destroys all plant species, the basis of our insect world and all organisms that are dependent on the food chains of them. We are on the way to a silent spring because the richness of species that have developed along-side agriculture for millennia risks being widely destroyed by increasing indiscriminate use of this herbicide.
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.
Launch of the promotional video of the Bern Convention
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Chilean Authorities applaud falconers who helped in combatting wildlife-crime
When Jeffrey Lendrum, an Irish citizen, was arrested trying to board a flight from the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, bound for Dubai in the UAE, by the wildlife authorities of Brazil (IBAMA) he had in his hand luggage a portable incubator with 4 peregrine falcon eggs.
Latin American Falconers mobilized to assist the authorities to return the eggs to the wild. The challenges and uncertainties were great.
It was an ambitious project, but proved to be an excellent opportunity to show how falconers and authorities can work together
to undo the wrongs that others have done.
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 third highly successful series of WaSH "Women and Sustainable Hunting" conferences, organized since 2012 by the Artemis Working Group of the CIC took place from July 2-3, 2016, in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The Royal Dutch Hunting Club hosted this year's event (themed "Education") in collaboration with the International Association of Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey.
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.
NAOC 2016 Meeting
The Official NAOC 2016 Meeting has been announced. To download your copy click here.
Included in the meeting announcement:
A personal invitation from NAOC 2016 Chair, Pete Marra, PhD, Director, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
NAOC 2016 Agenda
Scientific Program Details
Hotel and Travel Information
Social Events Descriptions
Birding, Tours, and Field Trip opportunities
Download your copy today and stay tuned in the coming days for important conference registration links and details.