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.
Qatar Second International Falcons Veterinary Conference (FalCon) 2016
Doha from 26th to 30th of January
The conference is organized by the Qatari Society of Al-Gannas (http://algannas.net) with collaboration of Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital and of the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey.
The conference will be composed of lectures on birds of prey (mainly falcons), endoscopy, orthopedic, ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery master classes and practical lab and excursions including “Marmi, the challenge” (falcons’ competitions).
Qatar's 2nd International Veterinary Falcon Conference (FalCon) is a pioneer global forum to review the latest advances in the field falcon veterinary, and a unique opportunity for veterinarians, scientists, researchers, falconers and relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations to address providing falcons with scientifically-based care and discuss the cutting-edge research and literature in this field.
FalCon aims to shed light on falcons in Qatar and Arabian Gulf region, and find the suitable veterinary solutions to address the current diseases.
Improve the scientific research movement in Qatar and the Arabian Gulf.
Establish a collective scientific authority and reference specialized in falcon veterinary, with Qatar as the main platform.
Review the significance and value of falcons biologically and ecologically.
Encourage scientists and researchers of different fields such as Biology, Ethology, Ecology, Pharmacology, Nutrition, etc, to employ their area of expertise to gain a better insight into falcons.
Raise awareness of falcons health and the importance of conservation.
1) Arab traditional falcon veterinary, past and present.
2) Common diseases of falcons, mainly in Qatar and the Arabian Gulf region.
3) Employing genetics and genomics to establish a new perspective for understanding falcons and their diseases.
4) Practical workshops of Orthopaedic surgery, Ophthalmology and Endoscopy.
5) Falcon nutrition according the latest scientific standards.
6) Environmental influence on falcons’ health.
7) Employment of the Ultrasonography techniques in falcons veterinary.
More detailed information will be provided as soon as possible. Meanwhile do not miss the opportunity to participate in this interesting and unique conference by registering at the following link:
For more information, please call +97430198813, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or Don Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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New York University Abu Dhabi
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) welcomed UAE residents to its state-of-the-art campus on Saadiyat Island to enjoy an exciting and engaging workshop that opened a serious academic conference on falconry that we hope will launch several education initiatives in the near future. This conference and workshop were hosted by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in collaboration with the Warburg Institute and the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey from November 15 – 17th 2015. To read more .....
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.