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.
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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.
Message from Germany:
"I have the distinct pleasure to announce to you all that on 11 December 2014 falconry was afforded Intangible Cultural Heritage status by the federal Government of Germany. Both personally and on behalf of the Deutscher Falkenorden, my “UNESCO team” and, indeed, all German falconers, we wish to express our most sincere appreciation for all that has been done to make this historic occasion possible.
The support we received from the United Arab Emirates particularly H.E. Majid Al Mansouri and Dr. Awad Ali Saleh, kind soul and tireless supporter of our goal, was particularly significant. We also, especially, recognize the assistance received from the IAF, particularly from President Dr. Adrian Lombard, Dr. Bohumil Straka, Dr.Javier Ceballos, Frits Kleyn and Patrick Morel, not to forget the late President Frank Bond. Also from Christian Habich, and Dr. Nick Fox who assisted with advice and Documentation. Dr. Martina Giese, Prof. Dr.Kerstin Odendahl we thank for delivering expert opinions, Mr.Hans-Heinrich Wrede for assisting and advice in UNESCO issues.
With this recognition, the 11Dec.2014 has become an historic date in German falconry history, thanks to your assistance."
With falkners’ heil, most sincerely,
World Falconry Day 2014
World Falconry Day: ideas and proposals are invited for this year's World Falconry Day. The success of last year's WFD had resounding impact for falconers all over the world.
International Festival Of Falconry 2014
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.
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Recent & Next IAF Events
26th International Ornithological CongressTokyo, Japan
61st CIC General AssemblyMilan, Italy
Celebrating 50 years of The IUCN Red List
The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of wild species and their links to livelihoods. Far more than a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation, critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive.
IAF has been part of raptor conservation projects since its foundation in 1968 and has been a member of IUCN since 1996. As falconers we are all interested in conservation of the hawks and falcons we use and the quarry species we hunt; it important for us to be aware of the information provided here
Visit IUCN's 50th anniversary website 50.iucnredlist.org to find out more about The IUCN Red List and how you can help make it become a more complete 'Barometer of Life'
New items in IAF Webstore
High quality hand made silk tie with designs by Hoynck van Papendrecht (19th century) – falcon, goshawk, hood and lure.
IAF Represented at the Salburuun Festival
The Salburuun Festival in Cholpon-Ata, beside Lake Issyk-Kul is held by Salburuun, the Kyrgyzstan Federation, a member of IAF since 2013. A conference was held in the course of this festival to include a meeting of the Asia Africa Falconry Federation (AAFF) which is encouraging sustainable falconry across Asia and Africa.
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.
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.