Last Chance Forever: The Bird of Prey Conservancy

Falconry is the sport of hunting with falcons and the art of training falcons to hunt with humans. It began long ago in Asia. In the Middle Ages, Crusaders learned falconry and brought it back to Europe, where kings and lords often maintained falconers who hunted for game with hawks and eagles as well as falcons.

Falconry is still practiced in the United States and throughout the world. In the United States, it is a highly regulated sport. You must apprentice under a licensed falconer and earn your own license. Only licensed individuals are legally permitted to keep raptors in captivity. An international migratory bird treaty as well as the endangered species act protect many birds of prey. If you want to learn more about becoming a falconer, you should look for books in your local library and contact your local Fish and Game Office to obtain the names of falconers in your area.

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