Don Diego – His full name is Don Diego Alejandro Santiago Saragossa Inigo Montoya Del Gato. Ole! You may call him ‘Diego’ or ‘Don Diego.’ One of our veterans on the team, he is a 2005 Sonoran Harris’ hawk and has been doing education events since he was 24 weeks old. He lives up to his lustrous name as a notorious flirt to pretty ladies. He was also invited to a Dos Equis event and was named ‘The Most Interesting Hawk’. If we go hunting near a school he will leave the hunt to go visit the kids. Sonoran Harris hawks are found in the desert southwest of the United States.
Mariposa – Is Don Diego’s older sister by a couple of years. She is a 2003 Harris Hawk and she came to us in ’09 after hunting with a falconer since’ 03. Mariposa is an accomplished hunter and is a solid education bird, often the main flyer at events. She loves a crowd. She likes to tease the dogs and her favorite color is red! Sonoran Harris hawks are found in the desert southwest of the United States.
Cowboy – Cowboy is a 2013 Sonoran Harris hawk and our youngest member of the Harris hawk team. His silly, young self is a new favorite with groups. Often diverting from the program script to attack dog toys and do things in his own special style, Cowboy brings a smile to our faces. Sonoran Harris hawks are found in the desert southwest of the United States.
Teeka – From the Navajo ‘Ahteeka’, which means Sun Maiden. Teeka is a 2011 Peruvian Harris hawk, smaller and rather shy when compared to the Sonoran Harris hawks. Teeka came to us when she was returned to breeder because she didn’t act like a Sonoran Harris hawk. Several years of patient training, especially by Jana, has paid off in spades and Teeka is now one of our top teachers. She loves to fly and is considered one of our acrobats, enjoying showing off her flying skills to the crowds. Like a young teenager you will easily find her as the chatty hawk in the group. Peruvian Harris hawks are found further south on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Cora – Cora is a 2014 dark morph Red tailed hawk. Cora was a falconry bird for her first year and successfully hunted. Unfortunately she contracted a disease called avian pox. The pox infected her right eye and she became blind in that eye. She is a gorgeous new addition to the falconry center and we are working with her for flight demonstrations and possible events. Red tailed hawks are found throughout the United States and are the most widespread of all the North American hawk species.
Piper – Piper is a 2012 Swainson’s Hawk. This is not a species used in falconry and the Swainson’s Hawk has been a threatened species for many years. Piper was found and imprinted by a rehab facility. He cannot be released to the wild because he was hand raised and imprinted on people. He is an amazing ambassador for this seldom seen species of hawk and often goes with us to school and education events. He teaches about habitat loss and other factors that threaten his species. Swainson’s hawks have one of the longest migratory paths of any hawk species in North America. The Great Basin population travels every year to the southern tip of Argentina. Swainson’s hawks are threatened due to secondary poisoning from pesticides and habitat loss in California.
Zephyr – Zephyr is a 30+ year old Finnish Goshawk. She came to WCF three years ago after a full falconry career and spending ten years in a breeding project. She is now retired, and after a couple years of rest, relaxation and exercise she made her debut back in to the hunting field. Zephyrs story is important because she was one of the first Finnish Goshawks imported to the United States for breeding purposes. Finnish goshawks are still shot as vermin in their homeland, much like the Peregrine falcon and other raptors in the mid 1900s were here in the states.