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.

The Art of Falconry: Special limited edition of former IAF President Patrick Morel's master work

The Art of Falconry by Patrick Morel

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

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The IAF currently offers 4 types of membership to clubs and organizations; for full details please see: Statute Page

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47th IAF Council of Delegates
Meeting, Ireland

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 info@iaf.org or Don Ryan.



After filling in the registration form, please go to the event website where you will find details of the location, transport, booking accommodation and the programme of events. http://www.internationalfalconrymeetireland.com

We would encourage you to book all travel and accommodation as soon as is convenient. NB please bear in mind that, if you are attending both venues, you may need to fly in to Cork and out from Dublin.
For those planning to bring hunting hawks, you will need a falconry licence from the Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service. This is obtainable here
Please contact us if you need assistance with this. This website will be updated in the coming months so please check back every now and again.

The registration fee for IAF delegates, Official IAF Member Club Representatives and any Member of a National Falconry Club affiliated to the IAF, is €80. For all others not affiliated to the IAF or members of a Falconry club not affiliated to the IAF, the registration fee is €120. To pay this fee, please select one of the options below:

Alternatively there is International bank transfer:
IBAN: IE17 ULSB 9855 7010 3685 89
Ulster Bank Address:
100 Clanbrassil St, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland
Finally, once you have fully registered and have paid the registration fee, please find us on Facebook (International Falconry Meet Ireland) and join our growing Facebook community.



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.

IAF Spring Newsletter


Real Animal Welfare

See our Raptor Welfare website here.



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.

You can see the full IAF statement here.


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.

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Another poisoning threat
to vultures

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

Read more @Wildlife Extra here.


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.

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2015 IAF Calendar

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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 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.

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.


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