Our Staff

WEST COAST FALCONRY IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE A VARIED STAFF OF proficient FALCONERS AND EDUCATORS.  Our staff has a passion for raptors and over 30 years of combined EDUCATION AND TRAINING EXPERIENCE.

 

OUR Senior STAFF, Kate and Jana have volunteered their time and expertise FOR the past several years to teach the Apprentice Workshop at the California Hawking Club’s annual field meet, and Kate has enjoyed hosting the Lure Flying Competition there as well.

 

Kate Marden, Master Falconer, West Coast Falconry founder and Owner. Has been a falconer since 1998 and is an experienced speaker and educator. She is a successful business owner in Marin County specializing in canine care. Her work with birds of prey predates her years as a licensed falconer. Kate has worked in bird of prey interpretive programs at Renaissance Fairs, Corporate Events, Historical Events, Scottish Games and schools for more near twenty years. Kate has flown her birds in videos and on shows such as Mythbusters, Nat Geo, KQED, Wreakreation Nation, Unchained Reaction, Mancations and Methods of Take. She specialized in training her raptors outside of the box. Her vision for creating a falconry center in the United States that is accessible to everyone is the seed that grew West Coast Falconry.

Jana Barkley is a Master Falconer and Manager at WCF, is an experienced educator and lecturer. Her energy and enthusiasm for the sport of falconry has impressed her audiences.  Jana is also a published writer whose work revolves around her passion for the sport of falconry. She is a past director for the California Hawking Club.
Purchase a copy of Jana’s book here: The Apprentice

 

 

Kathie Miller is a Master Falconer and our newest staff member! She just moved up here from Southern California and is getting settled in.

She has been involved with Falconry and Raptor Rehab since about 2000. She mainly has worked with Golden Eagles for rehabilitation for education use (non-releasable birds).

She is an accomplised artist, please check out her websites for more details:

Kathie’s Falconry Artwork      Kathie’s Fine Artwork

 

 

Hilary Kaseman is an Apprentice Falconer and Office Maven here at WCF. She is looking forward to starting her apprenticeship with Kate and is hoping to work with an American Kestrel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Francie Bower is a General Falconer and Summer Staff member here at WCF. She will be attending school at the College of the Redwoods. Her major is in Wildlife Conservation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Yeager, Junior Staff member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Kelley, aka Lil’ Red Monkey, is a General Falconer. Amber’s goal, when we met in 2007, was to become a falconer and work at WCF. Amber has been working with us since 2013.

 

 

 

 

Marya Lehman, a General Falconer, has been working with birds of prey through rehab and educational organizations since 2008. She enjoys her time spent training birds and working them. And in her spare time she enjoys painting birds of prey in all sorts of mediums.    Check out Marya’s Facebook Art Page!

 

 

Eben Asher Lehman, helping mom on the quad. Another falconer on the way?

 

 

 

 

 

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