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.

Membership and Subscription

The IAF currently offers 4 type of membership to clubs and organizations; for full details please see Statute Page. For online Membership Application please go to Membership Form.

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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 don@irishhawkingclub.ie


World Falconry Day 2015

World Falconry Day: ideas and proposals are invited for this year's World Falconry Day, email: wfd@iaf.org The success of last year's WFD had resounding impact for falconers all over the world.

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How to participate Any falconer can take part and anyone close to falconry can participate; the only consideration is that the activity should be designed to develop a good image of falconry. With the aim of feeding the sense of belonging to the falconry community everyone is encouraged to use the WFD logo designed for this purpose (not the IAF main logo). This WFD logo use is free and can be downloaded from the IAF website. The IAF is not responsible for any inappropriate use the WFD logo. If you want to record your activity in the official program of the WFD, the programme that will be displayed on the website of the IAF, applicants will have to keep to the following simple guidelines: 1. Send an email to: wfd@iaf.org describing your event. 2. If you would like the main IAF logo as well as the WFD logo you will need the approval of your National Association Member. We can help you contact your National Delegate if you do not know who it is.. 3. If the proposal is accepted, the IAF's WFD Working Group will include it on all official programmes of events literature. 4. When the applicant receives the registration of its activity in the official program they may use the main IAF logo. Here is a link to the official IAF World Falconry Day Facebook. WFD Facebook



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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Falconry from Brazil:

The North East Falconry Association Conservation of Birds of Prey launched the First Brazilian Book of Falconry, titled "The Art of Falconry". The book was written by the directors of the Association, including Dorival Lima, Alessandra Oliveto, Eduardson Elias, Duílio Lobo and Roberto Citelli. They are hoping this book will be a milestone in the evolution of Brazilian Falconry. The book has 208 pages, illustrated and colorful. It also has a rich purport, going through the history of the Falconry around the world, nutrition, biology, laws related to the subject and the basic training in taming free flight.

For more information contact: Diretoria ANF [anfalco.org@gmail.com].



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Recent & Next IAF Events


46th IAF AGMPosadas, Misiones, ARGENTINA

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26th International Ornithological CongressTokyo, Japan

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61st CIC General AssemblyMilan, Italy

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High quality hand made silk tie with designs by Hoynck van Papendrecht (19th century) – falcon, goshawk, hood and lure.

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IAF 2015 Calendar

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Future Event

New York University Abu Dhabi, a workshop entitled 'Falconry in the Mediterranean Context' will be held at the NYU Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island Campus from the 15th - 17th November 2015. The workshop is convened by Charles Burnett, Professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe, the Walberg Institute School of Advanced Study, University of London, and is hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in collaboration with IAF and the Warburg Institute. While this is mainly a closed academic event, the first day's presentations are led by IAF and are open to students and invited guests. This conference will contribute to the understanding of falconry in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern world from the earliest eveidence of its existence until the Early Modern period. Falconry is a practise that has united Christians and Muslims and involves all levels of society. The latest research on archaeological, textual and visual testimonies of falconry will be addressed. Presentation topics include falconry in Central Asia; texts on falconry in Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Latin, Spanish, French and Italian; caring for sick falcons; and the depiction of falcons and falconry in manuscripts, monuments and paintings.

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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'

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