Conservation Connection: Falconers And Their Falcons

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(KPLR) - Humans have always been fascinated by birds of prey.  But did you know they’ve been working with them for thousands of years too?  The sport is called falconry.  A special Program at Powder Valley will introduce you to falconers and their falcons.  Terri Eggers explains.

Q.   So what is Falconry exactly?

  • Falconry is the art of training raptors to capture wild game,
  • The bird and trainer essentially become hunting partners
  • The use of falconry can be traced back to 700 B.C.E.
  • Some accounts show even farther back than that
  • Display some specialized falconry accouterments

Q. What types of birds are used by falconers?

  • Birds of prey such as Peregrine Falcons
  • Coopers Hawks
  • Red-Tail Hawks
  • Point out mounted birds and falconry props

Q.  So tell us about an Evening with Raptors.

  • This Friday night at Powder Valley from 7 to 9 pm
  • A free program for the whole family
  • First portion has an educational presentation on birds of prey and the sport of falconry
  • The second half, Missouri Falconers will bring their birds for visitors to see close up
  • Great way to meet the birds and talk to the falconers about their sport
  • They’ll also bring some of their equipment to look at
  • Also perfect for photo ops, so bring your cameras!  

Q.  What about registration?

  • Evening with Raptors is Free but advanced registration is required
  • Call Powder Valley at 314-301-1500.
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