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.
46th IAF Council of Delegates
The 46th IAF Council of Delegates Meetin will be help in America Latina Posadas, Misiones, ARGENTINA from 6th to 10th August 2015 with the support of the Güira Óga Association, the Brazilian Association for Falconers and Preservation of Birds of Prey (ABFPAR)and of the Ministery of Ecology, Renewable Resources and Tourism of the Province of Missiones. It possible to find all information about the IAF AGM agenda, hunting and tourist options, transportations and accomodations clicking HERE.
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International Festival Of Falconry
The Emirates Falconers’ Club, Abu Dhabi will host the 2014 International Festival Of Falconry from 6-14th December 2014. The festival will be in two stages. The first stage will be held out in the desert where they have arranged a new hunting ground, about one hour and half outside Abu Dhabi City. People will live and hunt here for three days - restricted to 1.000 falconers, not open to the public. The organizers also inform us that the second stage will be held inside Abu Dhabi city to ensure a huge public attendance and this is the chance for the falconers of the world to showcase their sport and culture over three days. There are more details of the event on the festival website www.falconryfestival.com
The Central Asian Falconry project
Dennis Keen is a young ethnographer who helped translate for the Russian-speaking falconers at our meeting in Doha earlier this year. For five years, he's been studying the languages and culture of Central Asia, and has now shared with us a fantastic new resource called The Central Asian Falconry Project.
There's a blog, a long overview of Kyrgyz and Kazakh falconry, and dozens of books and movies that he has put up online. Many claim that falconry was born in Central Asia, but until now information on the practice there has been hard to come by. Dennis's site is a welcome introduction that the IAF is proud to pass on.
T.H. White Memorial at Falconry
January 2014 marks the 50 year anniversary of the death of T. H. White, best remembered by raptor enthusiasts for his mini epic The Goshawk (1951), White’s work inspired a number of prominent naturalists and writers. It seems timely to remember the man, and to reflect on his life and influence. White wrote The Goshawk in the mid-1930s, but hid the manuscript for more than a decade later...
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Recent & Next IAF Events
26th International Ornithological CongressTokyo, Japan
61st CIC General AssemblyMilan, Italy
IAF Represented at the Salburuun Festival
The IAF was well represented at the Salburun Festival which was held at Cholpon Ata on Lake Issyk-Kul in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. This meeting is of real regional significance as it acts as a focus for falconers in the broad geographic area, with representatives from nations extending from China and Mongolia in the East to Georgia in the West. There was also good representation from Japan and Korea. It provided a forum for the IAF leadership to meet with all these representatives and to explain the work and purpose of the IAF.
IAF Brussels Office Position Applications are closed from 1st September 2014
On July 31st 2014 an eBulletin notification that the EO Brussels Position had been opened, was sent to the 129 National Delegates and Member Club Representatives.
IAF President attends
Summit Hunters United
Against Wildlife Crime
Adrian Lombard, IAF President, will attend the 61st General Assembly of the CIC in Milan, Italy for a historic World Summit "Hunters United Against Wildlife Crime" on the 24th of April 2014. The Summit is organized as an urgent response by hunters all over the world, who are concerned by the new dimensions which wildlife crime (poaching and illegal trade of wildlife) is taking, including an increase in the prevalence of organized crime. Click HERE for more info on the World Summit
Ornithological Congress, Tokyo
The 26th International Ornithological Congress (IOC) will be held in Tokyo, Japan in the summer of 2014. Ornithology is developing rapidly and leading all levels of biology from ecosystems to molecules. The scientific and conservational activities in ornithology have been advancing in Asia as well as around the world. Japanese nature and culture are unique and wonderful. The IOC2014 in Tokyo will be a great opportunity for all participants to discuss about many aspects of avian biology and to enjoy the nature and culture of Japan and the neighboring areas. Click HERE for more info.
The Associazione Fondazione Lanario aims to be the reference point for knowledge, protection and reintroduction of the Lanner Falcon (subspecies feldeggi) in Italy, promoting the historical study of the spread of the feldeggi lanner through the European continent. It intends to manage reintroduction programs using techniques and experiences borrowed from other European and non-European countries and will cooperate with authorized agencies to recover lanner populations through falconry techniques.