Second World Falconry Day, November - 16th Sharing our Knowledge and Experience


This day – 16th November – was selected because it was on this day in 2010, that UNESCO recognised Falconry as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  This means that our art is something which is special and is part of the legacy of all humans throughout the world, something to be valued, defended and developed.  It has its roots in human history and should have a place in humanity’s future. November 16th 2010 was is indeed one of the most important events in the 4000 year history of Falconry and it is a fine day for us all to celebrate our Art!

Falconry is indeed something to value and be proud of.  It represents a rare partnership between two species which is mutually beneficial.  It encourages the sustainable use of natural resources and so enhances the conservation effort and promotes the preservation of our natural environment.  It is also a practice shared by many nations which transcends national, racial religious and geographic divides.  The IAF represents a family of 64 Falconry Nations and this number grows each year.  Very few other sports or practices can match this.  Our shared passion for Falconry is an amazing unifying force which creates friendships and understanding between people who have no other common language.  What wonderful reasons to celebrate this day together! In the words of the great Spanish Falconer, Dr Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente:

“Fellow Falconers, when next you set out at dawn in search of quarry, with Hawk on fist, anticipation making you feel as if it were the for the first time, while indeed it could be your last, contain your excitement and reflect: you are but a link in a chain of Falconers that stretches back to prehistory” (and forward – who knows?)

Falconers – This is our day.  Let us celebrate together with pride and also with awe for this amazing legacy that unites us all.  In all of this, let us also remember the hawks that share the field with us.

Adrian Lombard.
President - International Association for Falconry and the Conservation of Birds of Prey.

How to Participate

The main objectives of the WFD Projest are to identify and promote falconry by promoting the feeling of belonging to the falconry community, increasing the visibility of falconry to society and promoting cooperation between different sectors in favour of falconry (academic, cultural, social, political ....). Let us hope the events in 2014 are as many and varied as those on last year's World Falconry Day.

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. Fill the submission form on the IAF website.

2. After completed the submission form, together with an email stating the approval of your National Association Member, to IAF's WFD Working Group at the email address 

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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.

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Events from Last Year's WFD

GERMANY. On 16th  November the DFO celebrated WFD with small groups of falconers throughout Germany. Press releases were distributed as information for the average population. Interested parties were welcome on and given the opportunity to join us and learn more about the culture of falconry. Organized by: Deutscher Falkenorden. For info:

EQUADOR. Zoologico Yurak Allpa, CuencaExplicación de la Biología de las aves rapaces. Vuelos de exhibición de aves rapaces. Exposición de artesanía cetrera.Date:  Organized by: Fernando Andrade, For info:

BELGIUM Berchem (Antwerp) - activity in a nursing home for elderly people, in cooperation with children 10- 12 years who used the little book from Valkerij Museum Valkenswaard to work out the questions and organise their own exhibition. Members of the club made a PP presentation ( history and falconry today) - presentation of falconry birds and films. Organized by: Studiegroep Behoud Valkerij (vzw). For info:

SPAIN Convento de Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid. Jornada de puertas abiertas, en un convento con colegio de primaria con amplias praderas ajardinadas, en las cuales se ajardinaran pajaros de diferentes especies, para que el publico, disfrute de ellas y pueda fotografiarse con ellas. Organized by: Ivan Fernandez Garcia. For info:

JAPAN Aichi, Owariasahi. The Japan Falconiformes Center - a short course for the staff of wildlife department. It introduced the birds of prey in Japan, the current situation of endangered species, conservation works and the contribution of falconry techniques. Practice was also included to learn handling in the rescue works for injured birds. Organized by: The Japan Falconiformes Center. For info:

SPAIN Café "Las Chimeneas" - Jardines del Centro, Cultural "Giralt Laporta", Valdemorillo (Madrid). Hablaremos (lo que podamos y sepamos) del Noble Arte de la Cetrería (como arte de caza y como convivencia diaria con las aves) portaremos nuestras aves, e invitamos a otros cetreros que vengan con sus aves y nos hablen de ellas...Organized by: Asociacion Medioambiental Aprende con Rapaces

BELGIUM. Castle Godefrey Bouillon. Teaching about falconry (80-100 children of 10-12years) Organized by: Belgische Valkerij Federatie “” Féderation Belge de la Fauconnerie vzw/a.s.b.l.For info:

JAPAN Events organized by Japan Falconers association and the World Falconers Club. Dates: 09/11/2013 - 10/11/2013 Mizuhomachi Tokyo, 16/11/2013 - 17/11/2013 Ibaraki and Kanagawa Organized by: Japan Falconers Association and World Falconers Club. For info:

CHILE Fundo el Guayacán, Santiago. Full day's programme of talks and social events, exhibitions and sales of material and books. Birds of prey display : Peregrine falcon, american kestrel, Harris hawk, variable hawk, rufous tailed hawk, pigmy owl, barn owl, andean owl, snowy owl.Organized by: Asociación Chilena de Cetrería y Conservación de las Aves de Presa For info: 

SPAIN Publication of a new Falconry book on the occasion of the World Falconry Day. Caïrel ediciones. For info:

IRELAND marked this occasion by inviting members to a celebration of Irish Falconry: a hawk walk on the Hill of Tara, the seat of the high kings of Ireland who engaged in falconry over 1000 years ago in this very location. Then a toast the sport of falconry by the Lia Fail (stone of destiny). A wish for a safe and bountiful season was made in the form of a pair of leather jesses tied to a rag tree that grows nearby. Invited guests had lunch of game stew and mulled wine. On close of play, members partook of an evening meal in the Conygham Arms Hotel in Slane. Organized by: THE IRISH HAWKING CLUB. For info:

FRANCE  the ANFA AGM with a 3 day hunting party on wild game. Also welcomed were the presidents of Club Marie de Bourgogne (Belgium) and Adriaan Mollen (Netherlands). This meeting was closed by the inauguration of a 13th century fresco recently discovered in the chapel of Moeurs-Verdey (see picture). A mass of St Bavon, patron of falconers, was celebrated in this church by the son of President Philippe Justeau. Public and press were made welcome. Organized by: The National Association of French Falconers (ANFA) For info:

SPAIN, Toledo & Socuéllamos, Ciudad RealFalconry Days; Hunting, Culture & Conservation. Meeting with Authorities in Benacazón Palace, Toledo. Awards: "Falconry & Conservation" to the late Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente; Workshops with children. Falconry exhibition with paintings and sculpture. Conferences in Benacazón Palace and an Annual Hunting meeting of the National Falconry Association: different groups depending on the birds (and the game. During both days hunting wild game in small groups in a very big property (29000ha). More information in and Contact:

TUNISIE. KelibiaSéminaire pour le patrimoine de la fauconnerie tunisienne (cap bon). Action scolaire a l'ocasion de jour mondial de la fauconnerie. Sensibilisation de l'importance de patrimoine de la fauconnerie en Tunisie. Association de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Cuturel du Dressage des oiseaux rapaces à Kelibia.For info:

CANADA. London, OntarioOntario Hawking Club annual field meet including banquet on November 16. Special recognition given to World Falconry Day and the UNESCO designation, involving media and reaching a wide audience. Organized by: Ontario Hawking Club. For info:

RUSSIAN FEDERATION. Moscow area, Atlas Park Hotel  activities (free attend to all): Falconers' parade (with hawks and dogs), falconry exhibition, master classes and exposition birds of prey. Organized by: Dmitriy Rodionov

ESPAÑA. Guadalajara.  Una conferencia coloquio en el Salón de Plenos del Ayuntamiento sobre la cetrería y su reciente declaración como Patrimonio de la Humanidad. Un concurso escolar de ambito autonómico en un pequeño trabajo de investigación relativo a la cetreria.  Organized by: Colabora Asociación de ClmFor info:

BRASILE. Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais Celebrating the International Day of Falconry (art of training birds of prey). Associates of ABFPAR organized a series of events linked to date throughout Brazil. Organized by: Brazilian Association of Falconers and Preservation of Birds of Prey.For info:

USA. America Nationwide exposure. Get public exposure for World Falconry Day across America to the general public. Get understanding of the significance of the UNESCO listing of falconry as an intangible cultural heritage; drive more people to the IAF website; expand the public understanding of falconry as a positive art and sport. Organized by: North American Falconers' AssociationFor info:

SLOVENIA. Krško. Hunting day with a celebratory lunch on the Saturday. Members of the Press and Media invited. The event promoted the feeling of belonging to the falconry community and increased the visibility of falconry to the society. Organized by: Slovenian association for Falconry. For info:

Brazil. Parque Zoobotânico A.Câmara, João Pessoa. Release of a Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga), was found injured and wasrehabilitated using falconry techniques. A further presentation with the Savanna Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis) and American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). Organized by:
Associação de Falcoaria do Rio Grande do Norte. For info:

CANADA. Stewart Valley, SaskatchewanTwo days of Hunting with a celebratory lunch on the Saturday to which members of the Press and Media were invited. An invitation was also sent to the Department of the Environment, Wildlife Section, Saskatchewan. Organized by: Saskatchewan Falconry Association. For info:

USA. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department HQPress availability with falconers and wildlife officials, to inform press and public about what THA and TPWD are doing to preserve falconry and raptor species. Organized by: Texan Hawking Association. For info:

PORTUGAL. Fajarda - Coruche, Herdade das Gamas. In the morning a real hunting morning for members of the public accompanied by a falconer . An open community buffet for all attending public for increasing sense of belonging. The afternoon activities included the presentation of a newly published book about falconry and a short presentation about falconry as a cultural heritage. Organized by: Associação Portuguesa de Falcoaria (APF) Portuguese Association for Falconry. For info:

MONGOLIA. Ulaanbaatar cityPress articles. Presentation at schools, school competition drawing. Presentation at art school, sketching falcons from life. Organization of hunting field meeting.  Organized by: Mongolian Falconry Association. For info:

PAKISTAN. Fatima Jinnah Park, Islamabad. Falconers Gathering, displaying birds of prey to public, officials and other guests invited to the event. Making of traditional crafts and art work related to falconry along with educational exhibit inviting students. Organized by: Pakistan Falconry AssociationFor info:

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC The TV talk on "El-TR" local TV company devoted to World Falconry Day was organized. 7 people participated in the talk including falconers, representatives from the State Agency of Nature Conservation and Forestry, representatives from State Hunting Department. The topic of discussion "Falconry as cultural heritage of Kyrgyz people". Organized by: Salbuurun Federation. For info:

USA. Cabela's, Lone Tree (South Denver Metro Area)This Cabela's store, the first in the Denver area, just opened on August 15, 2013. CHC brought falconry raptors to the store and set up a booth inside to promote falconry and explain its practice to our fellow hunters and the store patrons.  Organized by: Colorado Hawking Club. For info:

EL SALVADOR. Parque Bicentenario. A falconry exhibition at this park with a flying exhibit with native hawks flying to the fist and at different lures explained the history of falconry and its modern role in conservation. Also raptor biologists gave a lecture about the current situation of birds of prey in our country as well as detailing our current efforts to preserve them for the future. Organized by: Club y Escuela de Cetrería de El Salvador. For info:

ITALY. Castello di Rascino - Hunting reserve. Meeting of falconers one hour from Rome. Flying falcons remembering and showing the importance of this beautiful art that gives satisfaction and culture to falconers and society. Showing the best tradition of Italian falconry and looking to the future hoping to improve quality and the possibility to enter as country of the recognition of falconry by UNESCO. Organized by: UNCF - Section Lazio. For info:

QATAR. Doha IAF AGM MEETING Asian African falconry federation. VETERINARY CONFERENCE. A highly successful event enhancing falconry through appropriate regulations in light of mankind heritage and sustainable hunting. Organized by: ALGANNAS For info:

JAPAN. Kanagawa Prefecture, Ayase City. Falconers made people aware about the use of  falconry for protection against avian pests (Crows & Pigeons) that cause a big problem  in Japan. They interacted wityh children and presented a history of the art of traditional Japanese falconry.The event was held in a park kindly provided by the Ayase City. Organized by: Raptor Japan NPO法人 For info:

ITALY. Tower Hotel, Bussolengo A one day meeting with Jim Chick, president of the UK Hawk Board, giving a picture of the evolution of falconry in UK, of new guidelines for Falconry Displays and LANTRA certifications. In the afternoon the meeting themes: Animal Welfare, Breeding, IAF Mission, UNESCO recognition. 

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