Veterinary Medicine for Falconry into the 21st Century
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 accreditated NGO providing advisory services to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee (NGO-90006) and an accreditated member of IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature.
List of World Falconry Day 2013 events
IAF attended the FACE Biodiversity 2020 Hunting for Solutions Conference
High-level speakers from EU institutions, environmental, hunting and other biodiversity stakeholders from 25 countries discussed and presented actions to conserve and restore biodiversity at the 2013 FACE Hunting for Solutions Conference in Brussels on 13 September. The FACE Hunting for Solutions Conference addressed the need for best possible action on the ground in order to achieve biodiversity targets as laid down in Biodiversity Strategies and Biodiversity Action Plans (BSAPs) from international to local level and showcased examples from the hunting community and other conservationists. Particular attention was given on how to inspire and empower people to collaborate and coordinate actions for long term cost-effective biodiversity conservation.
The IAF, rappresented by the President Dr. Adrian Lombard, attended to the conference and to the General Assembly Meeting on Saturday 14 September.
Adrian Lombard outlined the necessity of international engagement when it comes to wildlife conservation. He illustrated how efficiently organised international engagement establishes sustainable use of resources for the benefit of species and ecosystems across borders through international cooperation, EU-wide labels and awareness rising from knowledge transfer.
45th Council Delegate Meeting 2014
The next 45th IAF Council of Delegates meeting will be held in Doha, Qatar from 26 January 2014 until 2 February 2014 in concomitance with Qatar International Festival of Falcons and Hunting, which is organized annually by Algannas (the falcons and saluki section of the Katara Cultural Foundation) under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani since its inception in 2010.
Veterinary Medicine for Falconry
into the 21st Century
In conjunction with the 2014 Council of Delegates Meeting of IAF there will be a veterinary conference chaired by Prof. Tom Richter of the Veterinary Department of Nürtingen University in Germany. This conference will take place in Doha from 30th January to 1st February.
We expect an audience of veterinarians and veterinary students invited from universities in the Gulf and from outside, as well as some interested falconers and rehabilitators. Time has been set aside for practical workshops. Speakers include eminent research scientist and well known vets specializing in falcons and avian veterinary medicine and all presentations will be collated into a bound booklet and will be provided to all those attending at the start of the conference.
On behalf of our hosts, the Algannas (Falconry) Society, the IAF member organization for Qatar, we wish to invite raptor vets and students wishing to specialize in this field. We hope that you will be able to find the time to participate in this meeting which is aimed at developing the capacity of veterinarians to provide excellent medical care to falconry birds utilized in the Gulf region. There are outstanding veterinary facilities this region where “state of the art” facilities and treatment is available, not least the Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital in Doha which treats more than 9000 falcons in a year. We hope that you will find it interesting to interact with Veterinarians from the region.
Please contact us directly for further information:email@example.com
World Falconry Day, November 16th
Each year, on 16th NOVEMBER, associations and falconers worldwide (whether or not forming part of the IAF), public and private entities (whether or not economic interests), and generally anyone interested in developing activities within the framework coordinated by the IAF, from largest number of countries, working with a common theme related to falconry. The first edition will take place on November 16th, 2013, the third anniversary of the recognition of falconry by UNESCO. 2013 is the tenth anniversary of the UNESCO ICH Convention.
The World Falconry Day will be organized by a committee set up especially for this purpose within the IAF. Coordinator is expected to be Javier Ceballos (Spain), with the help of PPRR Veronique Blontrock (Belgium), Patrizia Cimberio (Italy), Yukio Asaoka (Japan), Dan Cecchini (America) and our Executive Secretary Gary Timbrell (Ireland).
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Report on 44th IAF Council of Delegates Meeting
The 44th Council of Delegates Meeting (AGM) of the IAF took place in Valkenswaard (the Netherlands) from 19 until 23 of June 2013. 31 countries where represented and 79 delegates, observers and guest attended the meet. The organisation was fantastic and called for a lot of work from the members of the Dutch associations. We thank them all but in particular Frits Kleyn, president of Adriaan Mollen, Willem and Boukje from de Orde and Ben Mondelaers, director of the Falconry and Cigar Makers’ Museum of Valkenswaard. Also the Mayor of Valkenswaard, Anton Ederveen, and the town council [...]
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Unique visit to the Loo Palace!
Thanks to the efforts and work of Dick Ten Bosh the curators and archive staff of the Royal Palace of the Loo in Apeldorn (now a major museum) invited delegates of IAF to a special private exhibition of paintings, prints, documents and artifacts
relating to the Royal Loo Hawking Club and its patrons and members
from the Royal House of Orange Nassau in the 19th century. This was an
especially emotional visit for many of the international guests who
had grown up reading books and seeing images of the apogee of European
falconry, the high flight at the heron. IAF President Adrian Lombard
announced in his thank you speech that IAF is very proud to associate
itself with the museum. At the exit of this unique visit, Dick gave to each participant a folder with a beautiful photo taken in front of the palace plus some interesting articles.
Falconry Heritage Trust joined IAF
The Falconry Heritage Trust become a new Supporting Member of IAF. The FHT aims to establish a portal for the world's falconers and other interested parties to access aspects of the sport's rich heritage by linking existing physical archives, including international private and public collections, through the medium of an electronic archive.
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Recent IAF Events
World Falconry DayWorldwide
IAF attend the Saker Task Force Stakeholders WorkshopAbu Dhabi, Emirates
IAF attend the FACE Biodiversity Conference and to FACE General MeetingBrusseles, Belgiun
IAF Conseravtion posters in foyer of 2013 Congress of International Union of Game Biologists in BrusselsBrusseles, Belgiun
44th IAF Council Delegate MeetingValkenswaard, Netherlands
IAF attends the 60th General Assembly of CICPrague, Bratislava, Budapest
IAF attends the CMS UEAAbu Dhabi (UEA)
Frank Bond retired as IAF President
AGM Meeting, NebraskaKearney (USA)
Falconry Exhibition EPBrussels (Belgium)
Woman Working GroupBrussels (Belgium)
Prize-giving for the Best Mews
The Algannas Society of Qatar celebrated and awarded three prizes for "best practiced summer moulting". This is basically a competition to see which falconers are keeping their Sakers in the best custody, falconers who can keep falcons at their houses, feed them, watch over them, cool, medicate and clean the falcons’ mews during the long and hot summer season. Among the thirty falconers’ houses competing with each other Algannas rated all the houses with similar criteria and concluded first, second and third places. What is the purpose of such practice? A competition looking after saker falcons with the best of care possible, lessons learned with a cash prize incentive. After the long summer the results will be announced in the local newspaper, referencing the name of the best falcon house in Qatar and detailing tools and methods used during the summer time, sharing the information with falcon owners and improving the conditions in which falcons are moulted in order to give Sakers the best possible care and attention in this harsh environment. Next year the prize fund will be doubled in order to include the best ten.
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
During the IAF meeting in Valkenswaard The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund was presented. It is a significant philanthropic endowment established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field of species conservation and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. To date the fund has awarded over 800 grants to a diverse range of species across the world. www.speciesconservation.org
Hubara's breeding program in Qatar
With lessons learned from similar projects in Qatar and in UAE a third major houbara project with international coopertation was beed presented to the IAF Council of Delegates.Its aims are to stop smuggling Hubara from Iran, to protect draining wildlife stocksand Increase Houbara populations, to study and research the Qatari national bird. Breeding houbar in Qatar will help the International Houbara Society and provide games to falconers, a very valuable way of eliminating the pressure on wild stocks of migratory houbara.
Built in the north of Qatar, falconer led, municipality built, with extensive government development this a phase in an extended project
encouraging private investments in similar projects and involves 180
captive females and a similar number of male, Breeding success has
been double what was hoped for and studies of the houbara's ability to
survive the extreme summer temperatures in the desert have been
Download the Hubara's breeding program presentation
CITES Italy report on Bonelli's eagles illegal trade in Italy at IAF meeting
We thank Sov. Marco Fiori and Sov. Ivan Severoni Corpo Forestale dello Stato of Italy, CITES Investigation, for having accepted IAF and Italian Falconry Association FIF and UNCF invitation to participate at IAF Meeting to present data on the state of the Bonelli's eagle in Sicily, on the recent depredation of two chicks from a nest in Sicily and the timely finding by the Corpo Forestale dello Stato."IAF, in a spirit of cooperation, offered its full support for a conservation project on the Bonelli's eagles in Sicily. IAF encourages all falconers to fully cooperate with their national wildlife authorities in apprehending anyone engaged in criminal activity.