WWG - IAF
Womens Working Group
The mission of the Women's Working Group is to work with IAF to assist women falconers around the world, through education, promotion, networking and mentoring as we seek to practice the sport of falconry as a hunting tradition. To document and preserve the general history of our art as well as women's role within it. Many women have contributed to the history, methodology and community of Falconry worldwide. IAF's board and advisory committee includes women falconers and there are women falconers serving as national delegates on the IAF Council of Delegates.
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Provide a positive and encouraging space for female falconers
Promote responsible falconry and raptor management
Celebrate the heritage and history of falconry.
Support World and world-wide conservation projects and charities.
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 Welfare 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.
IAF is also involved in international work to eradicate the Illegal Trade Of Wildlife, and is a member of the UNEP/CMS International Task Force on Illegal Killing of Birds in the Mediterranean.
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.
A new journey ahead
November 23, 2019
Falconry, the art of training a bird of prey to hunt game is intrinsically linked with wild take, the act of taking a wild bird of prey in its habitat and train it. Wild take has always been a key component of falconry since its existence, but for us in Quebec, Canada, it has not been so simple..
Falconry in Paraguay
May 18, 2018
Paraguay is a small country in the middle of South America, we have most of the year hot weather
and a lot of humidity, we have open fields sorrounded by forest, a lot of running water that makes
the shape of our country by the most important rivers: Paraguay, Paraná, Pilcomayo and Apá.
The influence of women, reconnecting child with nature
February 08, 2018
In Quebec, the only French speaking province of Canada, falconry has been legal since 2008. But there’s still much to do, from building a good apprenticeship program to legalizing squirrel hawking, many paths are yet to be explored, developed, and mastered...
Interview: Misato Ishibashi, Japan
January 15, 2018
Misato is a young falconer from Japan. She was recently in a Japanese advertisement for a smartphone with one of her hawks. Ellen Hagen, Vice President of IAF Women’s Working Group, profiled her for the WWG Newsletter in a recent interview. Here’s how it went...
Hoo´s Woods Raptos Center
October 07, 2016
Hoo's Woods Raptor Center is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, dedicated to environmental education and conservation of birds of prey through public education. Their message is to provide an educational opportunity to understand and appreciate the co-existence between wildlife and man and the importance in preserving the world in which we live.
My name is Amy Wallace and I live in Yorkshire, England. I have been flying and hunting birds of prey for eight years now, but still feel like I am only at the beginning of what will hopefully be a lifelong lesson. There is so much to understand about working with raptors successfully that we never really stop learning. I have been lucky to be fully immersed in falconry since I began, as I fly birds all through the year, and have been able to work with everything from falcons and hawks, to eagles, vultures and owls. .
Hunting in group - Wildlife control
Falconry has being chosen as one of the best solutions against conflicts when it’s about humans living together with animals that can cause environmental, economic and health nuisances. Falconry’s techniques train birds of prey that will chase animals that are “urban pests” (harmful synanthropic fauna), such as pigeons, house-sparrows, southern lapwings, etc.