November 16 is World Falconry Day.
Just a few weeks ago, DSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the North American Falconers Association (NAFA) to bolster our shared goals and network. Together, the groups will encourage science-based decisions when policy intersects wildlife conservation, especially through hunting and falconry.
Here NAFA shares a little of what this day means for their organization:
Today, November 16, we celebrate World Falconry Day to celebrate the recognition of the sport as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Falconry is the traditional sport of taking quarry in its natural state and habitat by working cooperatively with trained birds of prey. It is a hunting art. World Falconry Day is an international collaboration to promote the sport, educate the public about its long and continuing history, and to share our falconry heritage. Countries around the globe are celebrating by sharing educational events, doing live flight demonstrations, and, in light of the pandemic, virtual events and showcases.
More on Falconry: Originally a way of obtaining food, today Falconry is an opportunity of camaraderie and a unique collaborative relationship with birds of prey. It is practiced by men and women of all ages and skill levels across the globe. Falconers develop a strong relationship with their birds and a serious commitment is required to train, handle, and hunt with the raptors. Many states have clubs and the North American Falconers Association offers events as opportunities for falconers all over North America to come together in the sport.
If you’d like to learn more about falconry or becoming a falconer, visit n-a-f-a.com and consider attending the 2020 Virtual Meet in just a few weeks.
North American Falconers Association was founded in 1961 to encourage the proper practice of the Cultural Heritage art of falconry and the wise use and conservation of birds of prey. From a handful of members in its early years, NAFA has grown to a membership today of approximately 2,000 and is today the largest membership falconry organization in the world. Though founded principally to represent the interests of North American members, NAF A gladly accepts members from all countries who share in our passion for birds of prey and falconry.