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Raptor Meet and Greet
Guests will meet all of the birds at Arizona’s Raptor Experience during this activity. Natural history, conservation issues, raptor husbandry, and much more will be discussed. Hands-on interaction with two birds is included. A flight demonstration can also be arranged.
This is an opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of falconry. We take a scenic walk accompanied by two Harris’s Hawks that will fly along with us. You can observe as we hunt with the birds and witness cooperative hunting behavior. You will learn how falconry has been used to restore populations of threatened and endangered species, the natural history of the birds and conservation activities that benefit raptors.Please bring your camera! (Note: Hawk Walks are limited to dates between October and April as we choose not to hunt the birds during the molt, when their prey are reproducing and snake season!)
Many people are partial to owls – this activity focuses exclusively on these specialized predators and includes an introduction to owl biology, ecology and natural history. The opportunity to photograph each bird in a natural setting is included. And…we also include a once-in-a lifetime interaction between you and a Eurasian Eagle Owl which you can hold on your fist!
Nature in Focus – photography sessions
This activity offers photographers of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to capture images of a variety of raptors in natural settings. Paul is an award winning, published photographer who also teaches the craft. His combined knowledge of birds and photography make this an exceptional experience.
Raptors in the Modern World (offered on-site or we can travel to you!)
This is a hands-on educational opportunity for groups of all sizes and ages. Sharing live raptors and describing their important role in the environment, we cover a variety of important conservation topics tailored to meet the needs of your group/event. Interaction with the birds will leave a lifelong impression on participants and foster a desire to learn about and protect our earth’s remaining natural resources.
Introduction to Falconry
During this day-long introduction to the sport of falconry guests are taught how to handle and fly a trained hawk. Falconry equipment, the training process, hunting methods and proper husbandry are covered. Although these sessions do not certify you to practice falconry, you will be guided by a Master falconer with decades of experience to help you decide if this sport is for you!
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Also available: traveling programs that can include a live raptor:
Bison and Buffalo Hunters
Paul’s lifelong fascination with the icon of the North American plains is evident in this reenactment of an 1870’s buffalo hunter. Based on the real-life story of Frank Mayer, Paul dresses in period garb, displays antique rifles, bison hide, skull and other artifacts. Bison biology, ecology and Native American history will be discussed in this awful period in U.S. wildlife and Indian affairs. Shiloh Sharps Blackpowder Rifles
Paul has kept a journal of his experiences and travels every day since 1974. He is therefore equipped to teach this subject to students who likewise express themselves through the printed word – or now, record digitally.
Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic
The late, great natural scientist and author Professor Aldo Leopold, whose conservation philosophy is recorded in his classic, seminal work A Sand County Almanac, is highlighted in all of our programs. Paul became a Leopold Education Project Facilitator in 2003 and shares Leopold’s profoundly important land ethic message with teachers and older audiences. (Note: an ethic calls us to a higher level of responsibility and integrity.)