FAQ – On-site Falconry Experiences

May I bring my dog?
No. Dogs are not allowed at the center. Many raptors do not like dogs and barely tolerate the dogs who reside here. Strange dogs affect our birds performance and upset the resident dogs.

Do I really get to handle a bird of prey?
Yes!  We have a special Falconry Education Permit allowing non-licensed visitors to handle our falconry school birds.  All of our experiences allows unforgettable up close encounters that you cannot experience anywhere else.

I am uncertain about getting to close to the birds, but would love to observe a program without handling a bird.  Is that possible?
Yes.  Some of our experiences allow for you to tag along as a paid observer. Observers are allowed to take pictures during the presentation and still get the full presentation without holding a bird on the fist.

If I am physically disabled, is there a program I can do?
Absolutely! Our Basic Falconry Lesson and the Owl Encounter is suited to those in wheelchairs.  Both programs allow you to hold birds on the glove and see them up close.

I want to see the hawks actually hunt.  Do you ever take people out to watch this?
During the fall and winter months (hunting season) we offer a Hunting Excursion which puts you right in the front row as our Harris hawks pursue game in the field.

Why are some of your experiences only offered during the cold wet season?
Working with live animals, we must consider their well being at all times.  Our birds are active and flying during your experience and their health and performance can be affected by hot weather.  Our center is also located in snake country.  Some of our experiences such as our Hawk Walks or Hunting Excursions, put us in areas of our facility where there is a risk of rattlesnake encounters.  We will give at least a 48 hour notice if programs need to be rescheduled due to weather.

Can I come early and see the birds before my experience?
We are constantly training with birds and working between presentations.  We ask that you not arrive more than 15 minutes before the start of your program.  The gate to our center will be closed until 15 minutes prior to the start of any program.  So you will have time before and after your program to view our wonderful birds.

What do I need to bring to be ready for a presentation?
All our presentations are outdoors and subject to the weather.  Please dress accordingly and layer if needed.  Cameras are great to capture some amazing memories too! Our birds are also hunters so please do not where any fur or feathered clothing or accessories.

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