World Falconry Day, November 16th

This is a reminder about World Falconry Day. Please forward it to all your club members and friends.  On November 16th of each year, participants from the largest possible number of countries, are invited to work  to a common theme related to falconry. The main objectives are to identify and promote falconry by:

  • Promoting the feeling of belonging to the falconry community
  • Increasing the visibility of falconry to society
  • Promoting cooperation in different sectors in favor of falconry (academic, cultural, social, political ....)

World Falconry Day will be held every year on November 16th, anniversary of the recognition of falconry by UNESCO. This year is the first one and will pave the way for a bigger celebration each year. The slogan is  ¨Falconry: celebrating a Living Human Heritage”. Already the apellation "Global" is appropriate with planned events everywhere between Colorado and Japan.

To participate simply send the submission form on or an email to . Events proposed by IAF member organizations may be integrated into the official program and promoted on the IAF website, through press releases and through the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Clubs and organizations can participate, so can individual falconers all over the world (whether or not they are part of the IAF), public and private entities can participate (whether or not they have commercial or economic interests), and generally anyone interested. Proposals for collective and individual initiatives will be posted on the IAF website.

Examples of activities:

National Falconry Associations: open day for the general public, organization of hunting parties with selected falconers, workshops / courses...
Academic: lecture s, seminars, conferences…
Cultural: exhibition in museums and civic buildings of artworks related to falconry, documentaries,  guided tours in museums to show masterpieces related to falconry, Proposed routes & visits where it is possible see falconry’s masterpieces  (example: falconry Romanesque capitals in the province of Segovia, Spain XIIIth -  XIVth centuries, or paintings of falconry in the Palace of Siena, Italy), falconry exhibitions, expositions ...
Schools: presentations at schools, school competitions writing, drawing, whole day visits to schools by groups of falconers ...
Social: visits to airports where falconry is used as a resource to ensure flight safety, participation in hunting parties with falconry birds
Presence in the Media: TV and radio interviews, press articles, reports.

International coordination:

IAF will coordinate things internationally, but there is no need to go through IAF if you want to host an event and promote it yourself, you can still use the WFD logo (just not the IAF one). Organizations wishing to go through IAF should submit its ideas which must be supported by the falconry community in their country, and by different institutions. Click here to download the official 2013 World Falconry Day. 

Please feel free to share this email with falconers, friends and people interested in
Falconry, Heritage and Culture.